The pundits have the UK’s lost output at up to 30 per cent of GDP: personally, I anticipate it to be less, and closer to 10 per cent to 15 per cent.
The Chinese Communist Party doesn’t really believe in free or fair markets and has a strategy based on domination, not fair competition.
The latter led the charge to build 300,000 homes a year – but the Health Secretary’s real achievement is to help create a new industry from scratch.
Following this road will require a transformation of how we work and live on an expectation-defying scale.
It will require up to 50,000 people, not 18,000. Or else we’re set to be in shutdown for the duration – with baleful economic consequences.
‘Short-time’ working is the Chancellor’s best bet for weaning employers off state support.
Until Ministers set out their thinking on answers, the future will be less clear than it might be. They should so this week.
The idea that we should not seek the closest commercial relationship with the United States is unconscionable.
If it proves a temporary blowout rather than permanent, accumulated debt levels being modestly higher looks manageable.
How prepared are we for strict social distancing for the forseeable future, compulsory masks, closed leisure facilities – and a semi-functioning economy?
Our reading of his statement is that he intends to sketch out a plan before the first May Bank Holiday rather than after it.
The Health Secretary’s defence of his department’s pro-lockdown stance has made him a target for those who want it eased.
The decision that Boris Johnson must make after his return this week is and can only be political – not scientific.
I am beginning to worry that there may come a time when there will be a need for a more nuanced message – but the public won’t be willing to hear it.
But there is no simple split between the Left and Right of the Party, and no sense of rebellion, at least yet.