As Rishi Sunak ripped the bandages off the UK economy and told the nation to ‘live without fear’ on Thursday Boris Johnson was over 60 miles away watching police recruits practice life support in Northampton .
The Prime Minister’s decision not to stand with his chancellor in the Commons at a politically perilous time has raised eyebrows, including in the Treasury.
The trivial explanation that Downing Street got caught in a newspaper crash doesn’t answer deeper questions: Is it an administration that knows what it’s doing and where it’s going? Mr Sunak’s message, at least, was clear: the trade-offs between economics, health and education were “horrible” but must be faced since the virus does not go away.
“Our lives cannot