Rishi Sunak could do worse than copy Germany

There is evidence that scheme under which Berlin tops up wages of those put on short-time working is effective

It all looked so different for Rishi Sunak three weeks ago. After a bleak early spring in which the economy was sacrificed for health reasons, there were signs that the worst might be over.

The number of Covid-19 cases had dwindled sharply, businesses were getting back to something like normal, and the public was eager to take advantage of the chancellor’s eat out to help out scheme.

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