The Secret Retailer: ‘The government is fiddling while Rome burns’


As retail is left to wonder how the route out of the coronavirus crisis will look, it feels like there is some government fiddling while Rome is burning going on.  

I wonder if it’s driven by the fact that we, as retailers, are growing weary of having little to no influence on government policy on anything substantive.

I am astonished that the government seems to believe normal cashflow-based businesses can somehow survive being shut for what could be four months out of five by the end of March.

Although Boris Johnson has suggested schools could reopen on March 8, no one sensible is looking for a guaranteed reopening date for retail and no one is looking for an infinite cash handout.  

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