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Rishi Sunak urgently needs to turbo-charge business

Cash for clunkers will boost economy

RISHI Sunak’s bold tactics during the Covid crisis have been impressive.

But now he urgently needs to turbo-charge business as the economy teeters on the edge of a catastrophic nosedive.

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The Chancellor is drawing up a package of measures.

A top priority must be a lifeline to the ailing car industry.

This bedrock of engineering is worth £80billion a year to the nation’s finances.

But its collapse has already cost the economy £12billion this year, putting 400,000 jobs at risk.

A dismal 197 new cars have been built since the start of the pandemic and there is also uncertainty about Nissan’s Sunderland plant.

So a revival of the car scrappage scheme is a good place to start. But it must not only apply to electric cars.

Costly e-cars are out of the reach of most pockets, and charging points are thin on the ground.

Rishi should make sure there is money off any new motor.

Even if only for a short time, it would give manufacturers the bump start they need.

The Chancellor has a massive to-do list.

But the economy won’t get out of first gear if Britain doesn’t get motoring.

Sunday buy laws

RESTRICTIVE Sunday trading laws should be abolished.

So it is encouraging to hear that Downing Street is planning to suspend them to allow bigger stores to stay open longer. 

The Sun on Sunday has long argued the laws are past their sell-by date but with all churches closed in the present crisis it is even more ludicrous.

Many front-line heroes such as nurses can only do their weekly shop on Sundays when queues can stretch round the block.

And in this economic crisis big stores are losing much needed trade.

Predictably, Labour and the unions have opposed the plan.

Why don’t they think about the public for a change?

Justice in open

ONE of the astonishing things to come out of the Madeleine McCann story is the fact that in Germany a convicted criminal’s identity must remain secret.

In crucial appeals for information, German police can only refer to the paedophile and convicted rapist as “Christian B”.

In Britain the fact of an arrest is now considered private too.

How long before privacy campaigners start pressing for a German-style system here?

We owe it to the victims of these monsters never to let that happen.

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