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I’m a Conservative neoliberal—but right now, the state needs to spend big on helping people

This isn't the time for arguments over left and right. To get through the crisis, we need to put pragmatism first

By Jason Reed  

Normally, I'm for a smaller state. But these aren't normal times. Photo: Prospect composite

I am a Conservative and a neoliberal. That means I believe in keeping the state small and protecting individual freedom. Yet, I now find myself in the unusual position of whole-heartedly supporting near-unprecedented government intervention in the economy.

This week, the Chancellor announced an enormous package of no-strings grants for businesses that are struggling to cover their fixed costs. The government has banned the eviction of tenants and is reportedly considering a universal basic income to go alongside its harsh restrictions on people’s…

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