Some close to Johnson are sceptical that the prime minister will even be able to deliver on the substance of his ambitious agenda, even with funding: “Boris knows he’s not equipped to run things — he’s said it repeatedly”
“September is a real danger,” one minister says said. “You’ve got schools going back, people returning to the office and the cold weather coming. It could all go wrong.” They privately concede that restrictions may again be needed if hospitalisations rise steeply
Now, instead of seeing the country out of the Covid crisis, the prime minister finds himself facing soaring infections alongside growing hospitalisations and deaths Talk of 'Freedom Day' has given way to quiet acceptance that further restrictions may be needed
A minister said that as the costs of the pandemic became clear the prime minister’s plans could be derailed: “By mid-2023 you need people to see the benefits of levelling up and know what it is" "At that point you can call an election whenever you want"
Alongside this, the latter half of the year will begin to highlight the impact Covid has had on the prime minister’s agenda. A Treasury still reeling from the vast sums of money it needed to inject into the economy over the last 12 months has entered “hair shirt” mode
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