How come, right now, in some parts of the UK you can meet your friends and family in a restaurant but you can’t in your own garden? Sound ridiculous? That’s because it is, and it’s all because of money. The Prime Minister’s conflicting advice exposes the rot at the heart of the government’s economic ideology: their concern for growth above all else.

Today is the start of the government’s “Eat out to help out” scheme, designed to encourage people to eat in restaurants in order to boost the hospitality sector, which has been hit particularly hard by the Coronavirus lockdown. The problem is, the scheme clashes with the re-tightening of social distancing measures in many areas. Local lockdowns in Leicester, Manchester and Melbourne have been announced in recent weeks because of the number of cases rising again. So why should the public suddenly feel confident enough

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