When a drop in the curve of the virus is seen, the public’s health mustn’t be endangered by a blinkered pursuit of balancing the books.
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Unless you think the projected caseload was wrong by an order of magnitude, it was the only way to buy time.
Those who argue that the virus isn’t a serious problem and that the lockdown was unnecessary have more brains than sense.
The Government needs to give shape and definition to its backroom plans to end the lockdown. His colleagues must support the man in charge.
Luke Evans: It feels here that this week is the lull coming before the storm that you hope will never arrive
I’m acutely aware that in our rural communities, where we are a few weeks behind major cities, knowing someone in hospital is more rare.
We hope that the Prime Minister will soon be back to his usual swashbuckling self. Until then, Raab should take over.
The choice is between this imperfect option and a worse one – which is letting the ship of state drift amidst a storm unprecented in its nature and reach.
Liam Fox: The virus – what it is, what it means, and the two options open to Ministers for phasing out the shutdown
Whatever model is adopted or whatever alternative proposal is deemed better, the public need to know that there is an exit strategy in place.
Daniel Hannan: There will come a point at which the cost of containment will outweigh the cost of the virus
That grim calculation must at some point be made. Refusing to face it is not an act of high-mindedness, but of dereliction.
Very few businesses could survive a lockdown of the type we’re currently in for six months. A sustained one will have to be more focused.
The last word must lie with the voters, and their current answer, according to the polls, is: very well indeed.
Ministers are walking the tightrope of trying to save both – which helps to put the words of the Deputy Chief Medical Officer yesterday in context.
Will Tanner: Service and self-sacrifice. Our new polling suggests that people are more concerned about others than themselves.
A deep reservoir of community and contribution, obscured in normal times, has been uncovered by our present situation.
The tax benefits of being self-employed should reflect genuine value added relative to normal employment.
John Redwood: Why I, as a strong supporter of the market economy, back the Government’s emergency economic measures
The reason we will get away with it again, as we did in the banking crash, is that there is so much deflation around, inflation is not a problem.
In contrast to 2008’s financial crisis, the Coronavirus is expected to be short-lived. In the meantime, the Government must be quick to protect livelihoods.