The Chancellor has been fortunate that the public finances have improved substantially at a particularly convenient time.
Posts by Lord Flight
Lord Flight is Chairman of Flight & Partners Recovery Fund, and is a former Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury.
The Prime Minister will be under pressure to stand down if she doesn’t junk Chequers.
It is the spending that needs to be controlled and reduced, rather than taxes increased yet further.
The tax take is at its highest ever, and yet the Government is looking at ways to raise yet more taxes.
Howard Flight: Our ageing population makes it almost inevitable that we will one day have to contribute towards our healthcare
The alternative is endlessly loading more costs onto the young via taxation, when they are already significantly worse off than their parents.
All teenagers should be taught at school about the structure of the British constitution – this would help improve the engagement and basis of knowledge for local government elections.
The Government should return to the approach championed in 1988, and abandon the practice of punishing landlords.
We retain a strong underlying negotiation position, due to the fact the EU desires our custom and our money. A free trade agreement should be perfectly feasible.
Howard Flight: Of course the Withdrawal Bill needs to be scrutinised and amended – but it must ultimately pass
Some of the powers it proposes to give to ministers are not democratically acceptable. But peers should correct these flaws, not seek to block Brexit itself.
The alarmism of Osborne and others has proved to be baseless – instead, our existing strengths in financial services position us to grow even stronger.
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.