The Government can avoid worsening it. But that requires as bold a deviation from ordinary policy as the extraordinary relief efforts we saw before.
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“We know that the transmission of the virus is lower outdoors and that it is easier to follow Covid-secure guidelines in open spaces.”
Nat Wei: How the internet could have been used to protect lives and livelihoods during this crisis. And how we can do better.
More emphasis could have been put on local delivery of services, drugs, and even treatment using mobile medical equipment and remote consultation.
How prepared are we for strict social distancing for the forseeable future, compulsory masks, closed leisure facilities – and a semi-functioning economy?
To kick off the restart debate on a practical level, here are five areas to consider for the first phase of any amendment to the current restrictions.
Eamonn Butler: After the lockdown. If there is a role for the state, it is in getting out of the way of recovery.
It should remove those taxes and regulations that will stop business from applying their ingenuity on the problem of rebuilding from the ruins.
Daniel Hannan: The abuse, outrage and viciousness is hurled overwhelmingly at those of us who back ending the lockdown
A common threat, especially in the form of a pathogen, flicks switches in our brains, making us less tolerant of dissent.
Graham Gudgin: Speed, scale, simplicity. Three principles for further action by Ministers to protect jobs and help people.
The job now needs to be completed by shoring up workers’ incomes and firms’ revenues to as close to 100 per cent as is practical.
David Gauke: The virus – and my journey from serving as Lord Chancellor to volunteering to stack shelves
Plus: Treasury and Work & Pensions lessons. Greenlighters v the rest. Remembering Attlee’s surplus. And: the key question now is “how”, not “what”.
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.
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?
The Commission which drew up the report will publish alongside it next month a Draft Alternative Arrangements Protocol.
Last year, almost 10,000 people working in convenience stores were the victim of violence while doing their job, with similar numbers reported by big retail stores.
The David and Goliath struggle between the Metric Martyrs and EU harmonisation could yet have a happy ending.
We want more people to discover the charms of independent retailers, so that they can continue to thrive.