It's OK if he does it ...
Even the coming of a Government more to its liking, and the advance of the Coronavirus pandemic, did not persuade the Daily Mail. “An experiment with 'free money' in Finland made people happier but did not improve employment levels and would be 'unsustainable', a study has found”. Governments clearly should not go there. Or maybe they should.
Today’s Observer has told that “Radical plans to give all adults £500 and children £250 in vouchers to spend in sectors of the economy worst hit by the Covid-19 crisis are being considered by the Treasury. The proposals, drawn up by the Resolution Foundation think tank, which has had recent talks with the Treasury about its ideas, are aimed at kickstarting economic recovery by triggering a highly targeted surge in spending”.
... but not if he does
“Rishi Sunak urged to give £500 voucher to every UK adult to spend in coronavirus-hit high street shops … HOUSEHOLDS must be given vouchers worth hundreds of pounds to kick-start the ailing High Street, the Chancellor has been urged … Adults should be given £500 each and children £250 to support firms hit the most by the coronavirus outbreak”.
Moreover, the Sun’s deeply unpleasant Dan Wootton has compiled an exhortation to readers: “It’s our civic duty to support our favourite eateries and save the UK hospitality industry … The health and economic risks of staying in our homes cowering for the rest of time now far outweighs those of socialising while taking responsible precautions … It’s our civic duty to save the UK hospitality industry … About three million people rely on it for employment, getting on for ten per cent of the UK workforce”.
The press will do anything to flog more papers. Including a little socialism.