Pandemic and war, like two horsemen of the Apocalypse, leave the Chancellor scrabbling for a response.
This new government seems to want to concentrate its energies on giving Britain a cutting edge. Will it succeed where others have failed?
Can have a bold enough economic policy that people in these newly gained seats can see the difference in five years’ time?
All these ‘family friendly policies’ are offered to mothers only if they agree to hand over care of their children to external settings and get out of the home.
By putting money into the hands of parents, in effect, such help would help to drive the demand for childcare of all kinds, formal and informal.
For me, the most concerning thing wasn’t being behind among the very young, but being behind among everyone under age 47.
If one of a couple claiming the marriage allowance becomes a higher rate taxpayer, there is a 23,800 per cent marginal tax rate on the first penny over the threshold.