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Why the government’s latest Covid restrictions should horrify economists

No good economist would prioritise GDP at the expense of everything else. But that is what the government is doing with its new measures

By Jonathan Portes  

Photo: David Cliff/NurPhoto/PA Images

I can get on the Piccadilly line to my office. And after meeting my colleagues, and preparing to welcome students—some of whom will have come from Birmingham, some from Belgium, some from Boston—back to King’s, I can go to the pub with friends, or even attend, sweaty and unmasked, a gym class.

But I can’t have my sister’s family round, and one of my oldest friends has…

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