Forget levelling up, the UK economy must first drag itself back up on to its feet


Boris Johnson’s tenure will be coloured by the Covid-19 economic recovery but urgent fixes are needed now

A year into the premiership of Boris Johnson, a new kind of normality is beginning to dawn. The roads are getting busier, pubs are open again, and people are slowly returning to the high street as summer rolls on.

It would be normal after a year in power for a prime minister to lay it on thick about their achievements in the last 12 months. But after four months of crisis inflicted by the pandemic, Johnson’s achievements in the past year will always be coloured by Covid-19.

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