The system has been able to withstand the enormous pressures of this pandemic, with more than 1.5 million new claims processed.
Effectively, for much of the population, UBI would merely take their money and then give it back to them. What’s the point?
Plus: Some of the measures which the Government is taking weren’t necessary even during the supreme national crisis of World War Two.
To the astonishment of those who see him as an incorrigible buffoon, the Prime Minister looked and sounded unremittingly sombre.
Some form of the scheme may be necessary as an expedient. But beware: nothing lasts so long as the temporary.