The U.K. birth rate has fallen back to near record lows – so perhaps some of the same debates will come here as we try to cope with our ageing society.
Posts by Neil O Brien MP
Neil O'Brien is MP for Market Harborough and is a board member of Onward.Follow @
Here comes the sun: but for so many it really has been a long cold lonely winter. I don’t ever want to go back into lockdown.
The UK and governments across the west have started to act. But we’re still just starting to figure out how to respond.
It accounts for a larger share of output and a much larger share of productivity growth in poorer regions of the UK
Japan, Korea, Taiwan and now China, have all invested heavily in new technologies – through government support for new industries.
Neil O’Brien: The NHS and jobs. Family and community. Indispensable means of boosting our mental health.
It’s welcome that we’re investing much more in services. But we need to tackle the causes too.
Neil O’Brien: Imperfect vaccines, new variants, domestic mutations. Why there must be no rush out of lockdown.
We need to pace ourselves. We don’t want to go for a big bang reopening only to trigger a new wave and be forced backwards.
It’s striking that the countries that did best during Covid are those, like Taiwan and South Korea, which live under threat of annihilation by their neighbours.
Neil O’Brien: Trumpism in Britain. It’s time to call out those in the media who cynically feed the cranks, rioters and conspiracists.
One of our best selling papers recently ran a piece promoting the views of an “NHS worker” who claimed hospitals were “empty” and Covid was a “hoax”.
The big questions are about an EU deal and Covid recovery. But one of the other places to look is how we turn our savings into investments.
Every MP wants to make sure restrictions in their area are as limited as possible. But we’re close to the end now. Let’s not fall near the finish line.
These are my starters for ten – so it’s over to you. What are the biggest choices? What are the problems that we have to get ahead of to keep afloat?
Neil O’Brien: The virus and the lockdown. Let’s keep calm and carry on – there’s reason to believe that a vaccine is coming soon.
We need to start listening to the right people – not hopeless people who get it wrong time and again, but face zero accountability.
Neil O’Brien: Here are three urgent responses to China’s growing power – which we will soon have an opportunity to make
The Integrated Review of Security, Defence, Development and Foreign Policy gives us the chance to act coherently and effectively.
Neil O’Brien: A locally targeted approach to the Coronavirus is the best way to preserve lives, liberty and livelihoods
Better data is one of the things we need to make it work as we head into a tough winter. It should be regularly put in the public domain.