It may be necessary, given the Coronavirus, and could even work. But Britain has a long, long record of state spending failing to turbo-charge growth.
As the old saying doesn’t quite put it, scientists advise, but Ministers decide – on moving to mitigation or anything else.
The second piece in our mini-series on the road to Brexit explores the challenges which the anti-EU movement overcame to survive and then thrive.
You might blame Parliament for the fact that the Prime Minister will have broken his promise but Parliament didn’t force him to make that promise.
We must not allow a situation where, through oversight, such a child, years from now, could face a Windrush-type debacle.
The strategist who has entered Downing Street, and the Brexiteer ‘Spartan’ who has opted to stay on the backbenches, have history and some shared qualities.
Whilst his ministerial reshuffle has been making the headlines, the Prime Minister’s back-office appointments may be just as important to the fate of his government.
Such an appointment would represent a degree of belated justice for the former Treasurer who was poorly treated by Cameron and Feldman.
The financial crisis, Brown, Osborne and then the EU and Scottish referendums did not cover the discipline in glory.
Also: don’t cut members out of the contest. And the right exam question for candidates is: who can best win a general election?
Any candidate who focuses solely on leaving the EU will hit a brick wall with the Parliamentary Party.
The specifics of the case warrant all the critical scrutiny they’re receiving, but we must not lose sight of the bigger picture.
Plus a sixth, less formal, question: are they ridiculous?
The mendacious simplifications of the last referendum campaign showed this is no way to conduct the Brexit argument.
It may be unpalatable, but there’s no point arguing about retaining customs union membership if we can’t get out of the EU in the first place.