Editorial: We need to talk about the post-lockdown economy

Mistakes were made in reopening too early at Christmas, but businesses need clarity on the future or they will go to the wall, taking jobs and livelihoods with them

14th February, 2021
Editorial: We need to talk about the post-lockdown economy
We need a sensible, open discussion about where we go from here that must take into account issues like vaccine rollout, continuing state supports for business, and how festering problems like rent arrears might be tackled

Nobody can argue with the fact that reopening the economy in December had serious consequences for this country and its people, with the surge in Covid-19 case numbers and deaths since then exceeding many of our worst fears.

It is understandable that as the health service battles this third wave, the business representative groups who were among those lobbying hard for that reopening have been less forthright now.

A period of reflection will have been...

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