The government’s plans to re-build the economy as we emerge from the Covid-19 crisis must not lead to lower health and safety standards at work, says Charles Pitt.

At the start of the coronavirus lockdown, some political processes were put on ice, but as the crisis has evolved, politics itself has heated up. There was a general truce right at the start, which was intensified when the prime minister went into intensive care. Boris Johnson provokes strong emotions, but when his life hung in the balance politics as normal was off the agenda. However, the government is coming under increasing pressure and the new leader of the opposition Keir Starmer’s forensic approach to prime minister’s questions in the House of Commons is a new headache for the government.

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