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Bernard Keane — Politics editor

Bernard Keane

Politics editor

Bernard Keane is Crikey’s political editor. Before that he was Crikey’s Canberra press gallery correspondent, covering politics, national security and economics.

Side View: Is this goodbye?

Side View: Is this goodbye?

This week: some non-virus content, some virus content, the crime in Yemen, shakespeare was a hack, and Side View says 'see ya' (for now).

When the biggest economic experiment in world history is over, what will be left?

When the biggest economic experiment in world history is over, what will be left?

There'll be no v-shaped recovery, or even a u-shaped recovery, from the crisis. It will be highly uneven, and governments may not have a lot of say in how it pans out.

RIP neoliberalism: 1975-2020? Maybe, maybe not.

RIP neoliberalism: 1975-2020? Maybe, maybe not.

After the Global Financial Crisis, governments retreated from interventionism. This time around, they're less likely to abandon the powers they are currently wielding.

There are quibbles, but Morrison's historic reversal hits a much-needed spot

There are quibbles, but Morrison's historic reversal hits a much-needed spot

We'll be paying for the government's extraordinary wage subsidy package for decades to come. But the cost of inaction would be far steeper.

This is what a 21st century recession looks like

This is what a 21st century recession looks like

The recession now unfolding is a services-led slowdown that hits our economy right where it has been strongest over recent decades.

3 million out of work: record US unemployment every bit as bad as feared

3 million out of work: record US unemployment every bit as bad as feared

Unemployment has surged to 3 million in a week as the coronavirus crisis hits the US services sector.

US jobless rate set to soar as ratings agency urges governments to spend, spend, spend

US jobless rate set to soar as ratings agency urges governments to spend, spend, spend

US economists fear unemployment could spike to 30% in coming months. The first indicator will emerge early tomorrow morning.

Morrison is stubbornly allowing the economy to burn

Morrison is stubbornly allowing the economy to burn

The government has to urgently support business and jobs with direct payments, rather than hoping they'll borrow their way to survival. But Scott Morrison is refusing to entertain the idea.

Side View: Cure luck

Side View: Cure luck

This week: an entirely virus-free edition! (Just kidding); who's exploiting the crisis; what to watch while stuck at home; why the crisis will help Amazon take over the world; and where you can be in a Zoom meeting.

Clear communication from the PM really is essential. So why aren't we getting it?

Clear communication from the PM really is essential. So why aren't we getting it?

Scott Morrison has an immensely difficult job in communicating the lockdown measures governments are embracing. But his communication skills have failed him.