At the end of July, the BBC cast Rishi Sunak as Superman in a video detailing his “plan to save the UK economy”. Newspaper front pages lauded him as “DR FEELGOOD TO THE RESCUE” and even some restaurants named meals after him, paying homage to his “eat out to help out” scheme."
Owen Jones - @OwenJones84 - writes in the Guardian, that whereas many ministers were responsible for Britain’s worst national crisis since the second world war - in mid April, in a YouGov poll, just 9% of the country thought Mr Sunak was doing a bad job.
But - “Eat out to help out” – described as “ingenious” by the Daily Mail – has emerged as the most obvious of his failures. According to a Warwick University study published two months ago, the economic effects were short-lived, and up to 17% of new Covid-19 clusters could be attributed to it.
The current lockdown, which was suddenly imposed across large areas of England, means that more than half the country is now under tier 4 restrictions - but these have not been accompanied by the emergency support measures necessary to avoid further economic damage.
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