Rishi Sunak has been praised for the Treasury’s approach to tackling the enormous economic fallout from coronavirus.

The furlough scheme, which has the paid wages of 9 million people, has generated a particularly large number of plaudits for the chancellor, and rightly so.

But his recent comments give cause for concern about the government’s approach to supporting the economy as that vital lifeline comes to an end and up to 2 million more people are expected to be out of work.