What will the huge expansion in the role of government mean for our relationship with government once it’s all over?
The VGS news pages have been looking at the longer-term fallout from the current crisis:
Building a future: looking beyond the crisis
Clean Growth for Sidmouth 2020
Looking to the model for beating the coronavirus
Mixed signals for sustainability
Carbon emissions are really tricky to measure precisely
This evening, Radio 4 looks at the political fallout from the crisis:
Fallout | The Role of the State
Mary Ann Sieghart and a panel of experts discuss the possible long-term impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the role and image of the state and politics.
What will the huge expansion in the role of government – from employing much of the private sector, to insuring businesses against losses and taking on powers to order us all to stay at home – mean for our relationship with government once it’s all over? Will there be resentment, or gratitude? Will it forever change how we think about the government’s role in the economy, or make us more likely to accept state surveillance in future? And what of ideology and political leadership? Can politicians persuade us to trust them again?