Turning complaints about headline figures into a detailed programme to bring them down would teach us a lot about whoever tried it.
The public sector has just swallowed another semi-autonomous set of institutions with little protest or controversy.
it is almost impossible to disentangle any effect from the much larger shock resulting from pandemic and war.
It is absurd that people willing to work must instead sit on their hands and depend on state benefits.
The Government needs an Office for Demographic Change to understand the effects of our changing society.
Thankfully the Government is taking the threat seriously and has launched a “back to school and college” campaign.
Having been so focused on Covid health outcomes, we have lost sight of our nation’s terrible rate of drug-related deaths.
Covid-19 is likely to have lasting effects on our preferences, where and how we want to work, and where we are able to travel.
Threatening young people to “take the vaccine or else!” sets the groundwork for reducing confidence in the Government’s rationale.
The ONS published data in March showing that they face the highest risk of death from Covid-19, more than any other occupation.
If a business has easy access to low paid labour it will put off improving its technological processes.
Civic Service can lock in community spirit for the next generation while giving them the vital skills they need for life.
The Government’s ambition is commendable, however, the scale of the challenge is significant.
Never mind that such a person would never pay off what they owe: the eye-watering fact is that interest itself becomes 68 per cent of the total debt.
Perhaps it is time to start to learn to love quangos; perhaps with greater democratic control, such a romance would be possible.