Compared with the United States, the UK has so far been relatively cautious about launching stimulus programmes to kick-start the economy. And yet perhaps it doesn’t need to. People are paying off their credit cards, putting some money into the stock market, buying new houses, as well as finally booking a restaurant and getting back to the shops. A lot of money is about to be unleashed on the economy, even if this stimulus is largely invisible now. The interesting question is this: where will all the money go, and which sectors will be the big winners?
It may at times seem as if Rishi Sunak is spending like crazy. By global standards, however, he is far from exceptional. In the US, President Joe Biden’s relaunch of the American economy will take the total stimulus to more than 25 per cent of GDP, while ours is a more modest 15 per cent.