Johnson spots an opportunity over state aid – and it may work

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If he wants working-class Labour votes the PM can’t promote the rightwing post-Brexit ideal of Singapore-on-Thames

Hugely disturbing, said the Adam Smith Institute. A recipe for cronyism and pure protectionism, said the Institute of Economic Affairs. A bad solution in search of the wrong problem, according to the Institute of Directors.

No, this was not the verdict on Labour’s manifesto from three organisations that played a pivotal role in Margaret Thatcher’s revolution after 1979 but their horrified reaction at Boris Johnson’s betrayal of free-market principles.

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