There is nothing for productivity growth, ageing, minimum wage hikes, tailoring care to individual needs, or councils’ incentives to build more homes.
My great fear is that
isolationism on the left and right could take root. And not all interventions have been disastrous – let alone about imposing our values.
The Government’s actions are also a sign of confidence in the combined authority model.
The first in a series of mid-morning fortnightly Monday columns from the former Cabinet Minister.
We know how difficult it was to lose millions of manufacturing jobs – let us beware of inadvertently accelerating the same process for services jobs.
Too many defence reviews have followed the Blairite sentiment that we are an instrument for global wellbeing.
Also: SNP’s nuclear hypocrisy forces MoD to consider relocating Trident even though an independent Scotland would join NATO.
The conflict in Afghanistan isn’t just about ideas, and can’t be insulated from its geographic environment.
Thankfully the Government is taking the threat seriously and has launched a “back to school and college” campaign.
Mainly because people didn’t want troops to be there (or in the Middle East) in the first place.
To build back better, we need to reassure voters that we are the party which can deliver good, high-paid jobs and training.
It is worth noting the lack of a German, and therefore European, consensus on the foreign policy challenges facing the West, particularly on Russia and China.
With high efficacy vaccines available to all adults, it looks like a sensible roadmap for policymakers.
We need to rethink our foreign policy not in the world we would like, but in the world we actually live in.
Regime change usually involves chaos, bloodshed and a humanitarian crisis. Has the Stop the War movement become Continue the Military Intervention?