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Stephen Bush is political editor of the New Statesman. His daily briefing, Morning Call, provides a quick and essential guide to domestic and global politics.
The government began the week with two coronavirus policies, but the Chancellor's change of direction means it now has one.
The hesitation shows that the government thinks it can afford to lockdown with less support in Labour-voting areas.
The Chancellor’s biggest policy and political defeat is a result of the introduction of metro mayors outside of London.
The Gambler brings to mind that old cliché: it is both good and original, but what is good is not original, and what is original is not good.
If either the Prime Minister or the Tory mayoral candidate had a way to help London deal with Covid-19, they would surely have shared it.
The two-week lockdown has the same problem as Labour’s general Covid-19 strategy: it leaves the party backing partial measures.
The UK’s Covid-19 strategy, like that of India, risks damaging both public health and the economy.
Ministers are pursuing an ambitious lockdown strategy while also trying to reduce public spending. These two objectives can’t co-exist.
Spending decisions made by Rishi Sunak mean Welsh businesses are better off under a full lockdown.
Most of the UK’s engines of economic growth are now under a form of lockdown. That has implications for everyone.