By Tim Montgomerie
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In the latest ConservativeHome readers' survey we asked respondents to rate a list of measures in terms of their importance for the competitiveness of the British economy. A zero rating equalled of no importance and ten equalled top importance. The table below summarises the results.
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Here are the average scores:
- Radical pruning of red tape for small businesses: 9.07
- Getting out of expensive EU policies like the Common Agricultural Policy: 8.29
- New generation of nuclear power stations: 8.0
- Delay of policies that are increasing energy prices: 7.94
End of national pay bargaining: 7.13
- A no strike deal in essential public services: 6.97
- Sacking of bad teachers: 6.95
- New airport capacity: 6.9
- Break up of the Eurozone: 6.87
- The abolition of the 50p tax rate: 6.46
- Linking the retirement age to life expectancy: 6.02
- Profit-making schools: 5.14
- A regional minimum wage: 4.98
- Lower tax on income and investment, paid for, if necessary, by higher taxes on pollution and expensive properties: 4.93
- High speed rail: 4.0
- Toll roads: 3.59
1,411 members completed the survey on 31st January and 1st February.