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A recession of ideas: the UK’s simplistic economic debate

We have failed to move beyond a re-run of failed strategies to boost future growth

By David Henig  

Photo: Ben Birchall/PA Archive/PA Images

A recession wasn’t completely unexpected. The UK has been suffering from low growth for some time, and hopes political certainty delivered by the Conservatives’ election win would release pent-up investment were soon disappointed. Of course nobody expected this recession, and this depth. Some growth will be easily recovered as lockdown eases. But there are real concerns that beyond this a recovery will be slow and unsteady.

We need to unlock new sources of growth in the economy. But…

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