The alarmism of Osborne and others has proved to be baseless – instead, our existing strengths in financial services position us to grow even stronger.
Posts by Howard Flight
Lord Flight is Chairman of Flight & Partners Recovery Fund, and is a former Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury.
I understand the Government’s keenness to achieve a free trade agreement with the EU, but we need to be careful that the price is not too high.
Young people eat out, often several times a week – my fiancée and I could only afford to eat out once a month at most. They are also better paid, absolutely and relatively.
Howard Flight: Today’s Mayite Conservatives have embraced a socialist ethic – with wishy-washy, opportunistic policies.
Mercifully, there remain a few Thatcherites, even in the Cabinet, who believe in the power of liberty, responsibility, commerce and voluntary action.
Between 1997 and 2005, public sector spending rose from £336 billion to £517 billion a year. But its output has increased little, so its productivity has fallen dramatically.
The origin of this toxic US mortgage lending was Bill Clinton’s extension of the Community Redevelopment Act, designed to encourage minority home ownership.
Behind the ‘jobs miracle’ lies a system, built on tax credits, which subsidises low pay and encourages businesses to over-hire at the expense of investment.
Recent attacks on private landlords are restricting housing supply, hurting investors, and will push up rents.
A strong lead in the polls is an opportunity to make difficult decisions about funding health and welfare spending.
By scrambling to protect traditional revenues from a changing economy, the Treasury is sending entirely the wrong economic signals.
Our current deficit could easily double in a less benign economic climate. Failure to take tough action would be reckless.
The Government’s foreign policy may deliver a good departure from the EU and stronger relations with the US, but we must have economic reform.
New EU rules – and well-meaning attempts by HMRC to soften their impact – are making it harder for small businesses to benefit from this important programme.
They now consume 65 per cent of public spending. This is unsustainable.
The present accounting rate is wrong, and the Government should intervene if necessary to ensure that it is put right.