Looked at in the round, over the 2010-2016 period, the UK had the joint highest growth for a G7 economy, level with the US.
David Gauke: I’m a convinced Remainer – but believe nonetheless that the EU has mishandled its vaccine policy
All the same, we have to make this relationship work – because, if we do not, both sides have the capacity to do each other a lot of harm.
David Gauke: Is Britain really set to become a low tax, less regulated, free trading, buccaneering country?
Despite a surprisingly liberal migration policy, the bulk of the post-Brexit evidence so far suggests not.
We need to have a debate about which taxes are least damaging to economic growth. Over the long term, corporation tax ranks as being one of the worst.
David Gauke: The UK, the EU, vaccines – and future relations. Here, jingoistic politicians. There, Trumpian ones. Bodes badly.
The EU’s triggering of Article 16 is premature, provocative and sets a precedent that will be cited by those unwilling to accept the consequences of the Protocol.
It is a bad sign both for the Government and devolution that the Greater Manchester Mayor has been able to run rings round Ministers.
David Gauke: Covid-19. Conservative MPs should fear for their seats if they push for a Sweden-style policy – just as deaths are rising
If it it takes hold, people will not want to go to pubs, cinemas, shops or offices, so economic normality will be impossible anyway.
David Gauke: Johnson’s Covid policy – and why it’s opening up a rift between him and his traditional Tory supporters
If he is to take the necessary steps to get a Brexit deal (and I hope he does), he is going to have to defy those instincts on a second issue, too.
David Gauke: We’re urged to return to the office – but Ministers must face the fact that the world of work is changing.
Plus: On Last Night of the Proms, I get in touch with my inner Farage. And: On Brexit, it’s crunch time as the end of transition approaches.
David Gauke: Required next time. A fresh Tory leader who embodies modern, multi-racial Britain. Does that suggest anyone?
Maybe, just maybe, such a leader could take the Conservative Party in a different direction.
David Gauke: I fear the Conservative Party is lost for small state free marketeers and One Nation social liberals
When it decided to be the Party of Brexit, when it decided that it should focus on Red Wall voters, the Conservative Party made its choice.
David Gauke: Big Government is back. It didn’t work before. It may not now. Here’s why we should be wary of it.
Post-Covid, the environment is likely to be egalitarian and interventionist. For libertarian, small state Eurosceptics, this must come as a disappointment.
A Government that shows humility and honesty will retain the benefit of the doubt, but that runs counter to a ‘never apologise, never explain’ ethos.
Some areas, people and businesses must be allowed to get back to normal quicker than others – however unjust that may seem.
David Gauke: The Government’s lockdown message has been almost too effective – rather than not enough
I am beginning to worry that there may come a time when there will be a need for a more nuanced message – but the public won’t be willing to hear it.