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Kwasi Kwarteng set out publicly during his interview yesterday with this site what other Ministers have been briefing privately – that the Government is prepared to sit out the trade-off described in this question.

He also argued that shortages won’t last for long.

Whether our panel of Party members agrees with that last point, or is simply willing to see the Government tough it out (at least at this stage), its verdict is decisive.

Just short of eight in ten of them are willing to tolerate shortages if lower migration and higher wages come about as a result.

You may believe that, for one reason or another, neither of the latter will be a consequence of the former.  Or indeed that the Government is not reducing immigration in the round.

Still, not a single panelist passed on the question, which suggests that its members think such an trade-off is possible, if not likely.