I hesitate to disagree with Daniel Finkelstein, but city growth has been powered more by smalltown commuters than flat-cap wearing uber-boheminans.
Posts Tagged: Business
Ryan Bourne: Sunak shouldn’t try today to restore pre-virus Britain. It’s gone – and we must now adapt.
What normalisation should mean is the return to a functioning market economy where our wants and needs are met in today’s circumstances.
Sunak’s statement tomorrow. How much like the Old Normal can we afford to make the New Normal be – or try to?
Given the Coronavirus uncertainties, whatever he announces could be even more provisional than most schemes of most Chancellors.
Richard Holden: On Wednesday, Sunak needs to show as much confidence in Britain as local publicans in North West Durham
It was superb to see responsible local businesses investing, and ensuring a safe and socially distanced experience for their customers.
This ambitious business case is based on our experiences not only of recovering from the last downturn, but on the successes of the last three years.
Luke Evans: What social media says about the Government and the virus. And what my constituents actually said when I asked them.
Independent retailers told me that the Government, though no means has been perfect, has supported them through the darkest of times.
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.
Andy Street: With more shops opening again, here are high street lessons we can learn from the last recession
At John Lewis where I was a new MD, we decided to put our trust in technology – to build a business model for the future.
“I can very much understand the positive impact [getting rid of it] will have on businesses’ ability to open” he says.
Building on May’s legacy will mean grinding, attritional work – which the hard left and extremist parties are neither interested in nor capable of doing.
A limited suspension is one thing, lasting change would be another. And so often, nothing is so permanent as the temporary.
Nick King: The business bailout scheme should avoid moral hazard, protect taxpayers – and not throw good money after bad.
Given the working title ‘Project Birch’ within Government, the project is reported to be considering investmenting billions of pounds in companies.
“Stay at home. Protect the NHS. Saves lives” now needs to end up as “Get back to work. Protect the economy. Save livelihoods.”
The Government can avoid worsening it. But that requires as bold a deviation from ordinary policy as the extraordinary relief efforts we saw before.
It represents an emergency call to arms – not a permanent transition towards a command society.