Rishi Sunak’s work to support and create jobs underlines how greatly we need to fix the state’s dysfunctional machinery
The jobs protection plan Chancellor Sunak announced yesterday may be a necessity given the economic dislocation set to follow in the wake of the Covid lockdown.
Over £27bn has now been claimed in furlough payments; retail sales, for instance, have plummeted. But any government plan to support and indeed create jobs into the medium-term implies that serious cuts to the size of the state must be moved further over the horizon. And that means that reforms to the dysfunctions of the UK state just became even more urgent.
In fact, the very Covid crisis that has led to the lockdown has also revealed how serious these dysfunctions now are. All incoming governments need to reckon with malfunctions in public administration – the nuts and bolts of any nation state will not always work smoothly…. Read More