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The government must do more to protect jobs

The chancellor has got the Covid crisis wrong at every turn

By James Murray  

From withdrawing support too early to calling for an end to lockdown, the chancellor has made too many mistakes throughout the pandemic © ILYAS TAYFUN SALCI, REX SHUTTERSTOCK

The first job of any government is to keep people safe. During the Covid-19 outbreak that should mean firm, clear rules, and no cutting corners when it comes to protecting public health. It should also mean doing everything necessary to protect livelihoods and businesses as we go through the worst economic crisis in 300 years.

For nearly a year, the government has been too slow to give people the support they need—and millions of people have fallen through the gaps. Business closures are up by more than a third, while the self-employed have been left in the dark…

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