Tighten Your Belts: The Rationale

Markets seem happy for now to focus on the carrot of a vaccine while ignoring the stick of the further severe restrictions to life and liberty being implemented while we await its delivery. Whether or not it offers a release from bondage, the state's rediscovered taste for authoritarianism will, however, take some good time to dispel, while its corollary - the move toward taking an ever greater role amid the wreckage of the private economy - is being pursued with relish. Whatever the sloganizing, this is very unlikely to Build anything Back Better - only dearer and scarcer.
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