Labour’s broadband policy is not about investment in infrastructure, but about a revolution in content to shape our collective political culture.
I hope that we will see more of the Chancellor during the campaign explaining how his plans can help support investment to boost productivity.
The West Midlands provides a case study for the UK in how connectivity can transform an area by linking its communities, its geography, its businesses and its people.
They are chosen not from a factional or ideological standpoint, but from what I see while doing the job of Mayor.
Scrap HS2. Integrate social care. Abolish NI. Reverse police cuts. Consider a new Bill of Rights. And much, much more.
Despite our budget being cut, we have achieved bold reforms with libraries, children’s services, broadband roll out and business rates retention. We are open for business.
We must show people how markets can make life better for ordinary families by broadening choice, spurring innovation, and driving down prices.
I truly believe that this election will finally banish the tribal, class-driven polarisation of workers versus bosses. That rhetoric will be firmly placed in the dustbin of history.
There is still some way to go before we can be sure this is a truly new approach, and not a return to what has been tried before.
The Chancellor’s big task today is to give business a sense of the Government’s plan for Britain post-Brexit.
The first piece in a mini-series on next week’s Treasury set-piece presents the Institute of Directors’ advice for the Chancellor.
By the end of 2017, we will deliver on our 2015 manifesto commitment and connect 95 per cent of the UK to superfast broadband services.