Gordon Brown: To lead Britain through a crisis, you have to be able to see beyond it

When the economy collapsed in 2008, I had to think ahead. I fear too little thought has been given to our recovery after coronavirus

Our country’s Covid-19 crisis, together with the economic crisis the pandemic brought with it, is not over. In fact, it is entering a dangerous new phase.

With the UK economy collapsing by 25% in March and April – a fall twice as bad as those in Europe and the US and now only halfway back to pre-crisis level – a recovery plan is needed: closer to France’s £90bn, Germany’s £115bn and the US’s £1tn is required, not the £30bn announced by the chancellor in July.

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