If we don’t push back against encroaching regulation, there is a very real risk that coercive policies can – and will – overstay their welcome.
Aidan Shilson-Thomas: The Job Retention Scheme was an excellent intervention. But it needs changes – fast.
‘Short-time’ working is the Chancellor’s best bet for weaning employers off state support.
The CSJ’s proposals would bring practices in line with the private sector – and establish a new contract of fairness.
Eamonn Butler: After the lockdown. If there is a role for the state, it is in getting out of the way of recovery.
It should remove those taxes and regulations that will stop business from applying their ingenuity on the problem of rebuilding from the ruins.
Graham Gudgin: Speed, scale, simplicity. Three principles for further action by Ministers to protect jobs and help people.
The job now needs to be completed by shoring up workers’ incomes and firms’ revenues to as close to 100 per cent as is practical.
John O’Connell: Divert the aid budget; freeze council tax; suspend Sunday trading restrictions. Three policies for this testing time.
The extraordinary economic measures announced by the Chancellor are justifiable, but at some point soon they will no longer be – and they will need to be reversed.
Gerard Lyons: The Chancellor’s wholesale support for employment is welcome, but he must watch the detail
There will also be a longer-term cost of possible tax changes for the self-employed, but for now these are not the issue.
The new parliamentary party is more Eurosceptic, and a majority government better-positioned to absorb rebellions. And yet…
In a new Policy Exchange paper, I recommend that the Government should consider pre-empting a potential deterioration in mental health and well-being.
Tony Lodge: A Carbon Border Tax will stop Britain hiding its emissions abroad and protect jobs at home
When the UK claims to be reducing its greenhouse gas emissions it is often simply offshoring them.
“Seriously concerning.” “A Gordon Brown-style budget”. Centre-right think tanks resist the Budget’s main platform.
But some free marketeers are concerned about the huge borrowing rise and the reliance on “bureaucrats picking winners.”
Britain imposes uniquely heavy burdens on low-income workers with dependants, which create a huge drag on social mobility. Profound reform is needed.
On biodiversity, climate change, and the illegal wildlife trade, the UK and her Overseas Territories can play a crucial role.
Emily Farley: To close the disability employment gap, we need the voluntary sector’s ‘little platoons’
The Government’s current approach to contracts locks out small, specialist providers in exchange for a handful of multinationals.
Blanket calls for higher wealth taxes may play poorly, but plenty of specific measures poll well and these voters are not crying out for tax cuts.