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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.

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