With the Coronavirus engulfing parliamentary discussions, the legislation looks on hold for now.
Neil O’Brien: We are on a terrible course. But some people are still messing about as though this were a game.
With the bazooka being well-wielded by Sunak, it seems almost churlish to suggest some further things the Treasury could do. But here are three.
Plus: Some of the measures which the Government is taking weren’t necessary even during the supreme national crisis of World War Two.
Also: schools and businesses shut down across the nation; DUP slammed in ‘cash-for-ash’ report; and Salmond’s trial continues.
The bigger challenge is likely to be implementing whatever results from this year’s talks, be it a “Canada-style” deal or “Australia-style” no deal.
Ryan Bourne: The upside-world of virus economics. And why we free marketeers must adapt our usual ways of thinking.
The theoretical aim of policy then should be bridging over what is hopefully a short pause in activity – eliminating near-term distress for households and businesses.
Daniel Hannan: The Coronavirus. Our instincts are likelier to push us into over-reacting than the reverse.
One of the most dangerous sequences in politics goes like this. “Something must be done. Here’s something. Let’s do it.”
James Frayne: The challenges of the Coronavirus to working families outside the prosperous South East
What about the impact on domestic violence, with everyone stuck in their own homes? And on those with serious but non-life threatening health problems?
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.
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.
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.
Also: Gove warns the Electoral Commission not to ‘waste time’ on SNP demands; Scottish Nationalists showing the strain as problems mount; and more.
Garvan Walshe: The virus shows the decline of Western democratic culture. Rebuilding it will take hard work.
Sensationalising data is all too common in politics. We have to end this trend if we want to keep people safe.
Plus: As of writing, I’ve had hardly any communications at all from constituents about the Coronavirus.
For the Conservatives to fulfil their promise of “levelling up” the UK, they must create ample employment opportunities.