Families and businesses face ruin. They need more than half measures from the chancellor
The government’s response to Covid has been one of political brinkmanship. It dithered over the enforcement of a first, second and third lockdown – despite scientists warning that restrictions were necessary. It gave businesses little clarity about the continuation of the furlough scheme in the autumn, leading to a wave of redundancies. It informed teachers that schools would remain open through January, before abruptly U-turning on this assertion.