By scrambling to protect traditional revenues from a changing economy, the Treasury is sending entirely the wrong economic signals.
You may well hear grumbling from businesses about the levy which will help to fund them – but the effort will be worth it.
Plus: May’s legs, Starmer’s hair, Sturgeon’s legs, Warsi the enemy within, Carswell the rebel without, pigs may fly in Dumfries. And: A Rudd-faced Home Secretary.
The uncomfortable question is this: has the push for expansion altered the nature of these institutions? If not, why do they tolerate jaw-dropping illiberality?
Ultimately, happiness derives from things outside the state’s control. To the extent they can, politicians should encourage businesses that deliver them.
Daniel Hannan: A century since the Communists began their mass slaughter, some still have not learned the lessons
Is it truly necessary to keep reciting these arguments? Sadly, yes – in each generation some people are drawn to brutal ideologies.
Also: why the Prime Minister is playing for time on a second Scottish independence referendum; and veteran Welsh MP says her support for devolution ‘a mistake’.
Arguments for interfering further, or differently, with the pie, therefore, should be based primarily on need rather than on redistribution.
Too often, I fear we take the line of least resistance because it is easier than the alternative.
The Office of American Innovation might never get going, given Trump’s chaotic style, but the concept is a good one.
Maastricht made it clear that the EU was leaving the UK, preferring to become a superstate. We could never agree to such a project.
Nicky Morgan: It’s time to focus on white working-class boys – whose needs are neglected in too many schools
Low aspirational parenting and teaching are key problems.
Plus: Dealing with news of terror attacks as a radio host. Was it really necessary to send Steve Uncles to prison. And: Jacqui Smith and Sky – its goodbye from me and its goodbye from her.
His time as an MP is surely coming to an end, but Conservatives will miss the former Chancellor’s enthusiasm for technology and global competitiveness.
Garvan Walshe: McGuinness – a planner and executor, we should remember today, of attacks on our democracy
Every such criminal claims to have been “driven” to violence. Their excuses must not be indulged.