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End the lockdown, cut the green crap… Here’s five things the UK government should do now to get us out of the mess they created

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Dear Boris,

I trust you are well, especially after that nasty bout of Covid-19. And I hope baby Wilfred isn’t keeping you up at night. However, the state of the UK’s economy should be giving you a touch of insomnia.

After all, it shrank by two percent in the first quarter of this year, and a whopping 5.8 percent in March compared to the month before. That’s the biggest one-month drop on record. Given that we were only in lockdown from March 23, the figures for April – and indeed, the rest of the year – are bound to be awful.

If the pandemic was an emergency, the state of the economy is even more worrying. I won’t go on about your actions having caused it – except to say that THEY DID – as we are where we are, sadly. So, in a spirit of helpfulness, here are five things that I think you should do to turn things around.

Your announcement of changes to the lockdown was welcome. At least we have some sense of how things might move forward. But there needs to be much more urgency. You have said that anyone who can’t work from home should go back to work if they can do so safely. That should include all shops now, not just those that are ‘essential’.

Public transport should get back to full service as soon as possible. It’s time to consider opening up more fully for those age groups that are least at risk, too. Although there have been over 33,000 recorded deaths related to Covid-19 – it may well be many more – hardly any have been people under the age of 40. In a recent set of figures, for the week ending May 1, Covid-19 deaths made up just 10 percent of all deaths among the under-40s – a group for whom mortality is already very low.

So let’s open up everything for people in that age group who want to work or use services, including pubs, restaurants and hairdressers. Let’s get them back to normal right now. It will give businesses a chance to get up and running again, and it will help to increase the number of people who have had the disease in a fairly safe manner.

We should expand the age range every couple of weeks until everyone is able to........

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