Jacob Rees-Mogg on the Government’s strategy – and how MPs over 70 can use the pairing system to stay away from Parliament.
John Redwood: Why the Government’s response to the virus can’t be settled by the science – with decisions made by epidemiologists
Many of these matters can only be made on the basis of imperfect information. The advantage of the elected official making the ultimate decision is one of accountability.
Needed during the coming weeks: a Government information campaign for older people, their families, employers and businesses.
As Minister of Business and Industry, I will be working every day with those most at risk – whether in hospitality, tourism or travel.
Richard Holden: How the Budget will help former Red Wall seats in the north – like the one I represent
The fact that Darlington station was explicitly addressed in his statement is a great sign of how swiftly the Chancellor has mastered the detail of his brief.
In this way, he hopes to minimise the loss of life among the most vulnerable and others that will now happen.
The 200,000 hotel rooms run by the main hotel chains alone in the UK provide sufficient additional capacity to draw upon both locally and nationally.
His recent announcement to the Commons suggests the Government may be making another effort to grasp a nettle which his predecessors have neglected.
Neither Trump, Merkel nor the EU institutions are showing the global leadership necessary. Over to a joint ticket of the Prime Minister and Macron.
If we are going to need to raise a lot of money in tax, this needs to be done in a way which minimises damage to our capacity to create wealth.
Nation states can act decisively when they wish to do so: the EU seems paralysed.
Iain Dale: The virus may give a permanent boost to home working – as employers learn to trust employees to do it
Plus: Cometh the hour, cometh the Hancock. And: Why Phillips doesn’t hate Muslims, Clinton could become U.S President and the Budget could all go wrong.
Paul Maynard: The Coronavirus and airlines. There’s an urgent need to suspend the slot allocation rules.
Common sense must prevail. The ‘use it or lose it rule’ should be relaxed so that airlines can consolidate services where there aren’t enough passengers.
Budget 1) This was less a Conservative Budget than “the People’s Budget”. From a Vote Leave Government – not the usual Tory one.
It may be necessary, given the Coronavirus, and could even work. But Britain has a long, long record of state spending failing to turbo-charge growth.
Budget 2) John Glen: The challenges we face of the virus and of weak productivity can’t be met by the repetition of small state mantras
The Chancellor’s measures leave us well prepared to tackle its short-term challenges as well as helping to shape the long-term trajectory of the economy.