The Scottish leader has always tried to temper expectations about the country’s fight with Covid. This could pay off in an independence referendum.
Reports suggest the Government is planning to reduce spending from 0.7 per cent of gross national income to 0.5 per cent.
Publishing the figures will underline that Ministers are striving to be balanced. Never mind how it looks, though: better statistics will lead to better decisions.
It is based on the Swedish approach – but with much better protection of the vulnerable, especially in care homes.
Downing Street itself has been driving the moonshot, working with scientists, laboratories, companies and deliverers: a new operational system, in short.
From curfews to alcohol bans, leaders across the continent are increasingly unified in their choice of measures.
The country has been used to debate the merits of a more hawkish approach. But it has become cautious in recent times.
Johnson is being squeezed between dissenting local authorities, an increasingly divided Cabinet – and fundamental problems with test and trace.
The US and UK, along with other countries in Europe, are fighting to ensure that no one is persecuted for their religious beliefs.
If it it takes hold, people will not want to go to pubs, cinemas, shops or offices, so economic normality will be impossible anyway.
Growing anti-lockdown sentiment among northern Labour mayors and councils offer him new opportunities – and dangers.
Those advocating such an option must be clear that this extraordinary human cost is something that they are willing to have others pay.
The Government’s cost-benefit analysis showed that the impacts of the lockdown were greater than those of the direct Covid-19 deaths.
If we follow Spain and France, and test and trace doesn’t improve, the mood on the Tory backbenches is likely to shift towards a Sweden-style solution.
More tests, quick tracing, quarantine and mini-shutdowns if necessary (not the closure of whole cities and metropolitan areas) are the best-in-class solution.