The first in a series of mid-morning fortnightly Monday columns from the former Cabinet Minister.
Posts by Sir John Redwood MP
Sir John Redwood is MP for Wokingham, and is a former Secretary of State for Wales.Follow @
Why is it that those on the Right who urge higher pay are vilified, while the Left applauds a low pay model for the economy?
It is meant to be a United Kingdom-wide institution. It should help create a sense of common culture and shared democratic conversation.
What we need is to promote a higher wage, higher productivity economy. Our economic targets should reflect those aims.
The Archbishop of Canterbury misunderstands the origins of the EU, which were drawn from Germany’s zollverein – not Christian social teaching.
Here’s how can now use our freedoms as we leave – assuming there is no last-minute wish to be sensible by the EU and agree a free trade deal.
John Redwood: Covid-19 – and the hard questions that must be asked about forecasts, numbers, data and treatments
We know is that a lockdown is very damaging. The first one took around a quarter off our national income and output. We cannot afford to do that again.
John Redwood: This virtual Parliament must have maximum power to hold Ministers to account. Here are some improvements.
The first thing that would help would be for the Government to allow more time. And MPs could indicate to the control system they would like to intervene.
John Redwood: The Government should prepare for a return to normal work for people not in the vulnerable categories
We are looking at a possible deep recession, with a big surge in jobless and the loss of substantial capacity to produce goods and services for the future.
John Redwood: Why I, as a strong supporter of the market economy, back the Government’s emergency economic measures
The reason we will get away with it again, as we did in the banking crash, is that there is so much deflation around, inflation is not a problem.
John Redwood: Why the Government’s response to the virus can’t be settled by the science – with decisions made by epidemiologists
Many of these matters can only be made on the basis of imperfect information. The advantage of the elected official making the ultimate decision is one of accountability.
John Redwood: Lessons for managing civil service obstruction from the Thatcher years. And my role as head of her Policy Unit.
There were plenty of Yes Minister routines and scripts to live through then as now. Much of the system did not like the privatisation programme.
Here in Britain, the two main parties are being punished by voters for tearing up their Brexit commitments.