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Universal basic income sounds appealing—but it’s the wrong response to coronavirus

We need targeted, not universal, approaches, based on helping key workers and the most vulnerable

By Jagjit S Chadha  

The chancellor and the prime minister. Photo: Matt Dunham/PA Wire/PA Images

One of my favourite books about the way normal life can unravel is Norman Lewis’s masterpiece, Naples ’44. Based on his observations as an intelligence officer at the end of World War Two, I have always treated the medieval-sounding events, health hazards and a collapse in civilised norms, as a form of fiction that I would never see in my lifetime.

But when health systems are at breaking point and the global economy is faced with a…

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