The pub­lic comes first

Daily Express - - NEWS - MACER HALL Po­lit­i­cal Edi­tor

EX­TRA­OR­DI­NARY times mean ex­tra­or­di­nary mea­sures. Rishi Su­nak’s can­non­ade of cash to pro­tect jobs yes­ter­day rep­re­sents an un­prece­dented state in­ter­ven­tion into the econ­omy that seems un­think­able from a Tory govern­ment.

Piled on top of the £350bil­lion loan fund for busi­nesses an­nounced ear­lier this week, the Chancellor’s mas­sive in­jec­tion into pay­rolls and the ben­e­fit system dwarfs even the bailout of the bank­ing system car­ried out fol­low­ing the 2008 fi­nan­cial crash.

Down­ing Street in­sid­ers say the Govern­ment’s re­sponse to the eco­nomic im­pact of the global health emer­gency is be­ing shaped with that last eco­nomic melt­down in mind.

This time, they are de­ter­mined not to make the same mis­take of bail­ing out fat cats while leav­ing house­holds to suf­fer the squeeze.

One se­nior Govern­ment source told me: “Our ap­proach through this night­mare is to look after the pub­lic.

“After the 2008 fi­nan­cial cri­sis, many felt the banks were bailed out while or­di­nary house­holds were left to suf­fer the con­se­quences. This Govern­ment will never for­get that the pub­lic al­ways comes first.”

Boris John­son ended his press con­fer­ence last night on that note, sign­ing off: “To the coun­try, this time it is dif­fer­ent.We all know what happened in 2008.

“This time we want to make sure, as we heal the eco­nomic dam­age that this is caus­ing that we put the peo­ple first.”

The Prime Min­is­ter has re­peat­edly ac­knowl­edged that peo­ple are be­ing called on to make as­ton­ish­ing sac­ri­fices through this new dark hour.

Yes­ter­day’s bout of in­ten­sive care for the stricken econ­omy shows his Govern­ment’s de­ter­mi­na­tion to make sure those sac­ri­fices are worth­while and leave the UK ready to bounce back to health as soon as pos­si­ble.

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