The OBR’s horrid forecasts of an output implosion and soaring unemployment will do nothing to quell Tory resistance to tougher Covid tiers.
Posts Tagged: Cities
Dean Godson: It’s easier for the right to move left on economics than for the left to move right on culture. That’s a plus for Johnson.
The sixth piece in a ConHome series this week on the Prime Minister’s Reset Moment – and what should follow from it.
James Frayne: Coastal towns – next for the Conservatives after the Red Wall seats. And essential for a shore-to-shore majority.
I will be returning regularly to this theme: the need to create a mainstream English and Welsh majority from shore to shore.
How is it levelling up to concentrate new construction – and the associated infrastructure – in the South?
Iain Dale: We all want our city and town centres to return to normal. But that isn’t possible at present, so we must get used to it.
Plus: Johnson’s future. When I went to a party with a shotgun and live cartridges. And: am I Diane Abbott’s maternal grandmother?
Consequently, our third and most important priority is the vigorous pursuit of growth – set our country on a path of solid and sustained expansion.
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.
Neil O’Brien: The next algorithm disaster – coming to a Conservative constituency near you. This time, it’s housing growth.
Most Tory MPs will be seeing large increases in the housing targets for their seats, while many Labour MPs see their local targets reduced.
Richard Holden: My young constituents want to pay less tax and afford a home. We must lift the University debts that hold them back.
A major part of the problem is high tax rates driven by borrowing for higher education courses that they’d be better off not taking.
Raghib Ali: Systemic classism, not racism. Why the main factor in health and educational inequalities is deprivation, not race.
There is now no overall ‘white privilege’ in health or education or overall ‘BAME disadvantage’. These categories are outdated and unhelpful.
I hesitate to disagree with Daniel Finkelstein, but city growth has been powered more by smalltown commuters than flat-cap wearing uber-boheminans.
If, that is, interest rates carry on at rock bottom rates. But we have to take a chance on growing our way out of this crisis.
James Frayne: The challenges of the Coronavirus to working families outside the prosperous South East
What about the impact on domestic violence, with everyone stuck in their own homes? And on those with serious but non-life threatening health problems?
The Coronavirus will punch a hole in Sunak’s sums sufficient to throw levelling-up, Boosterism, Brexit bonuses – what have you – off course.
We can’t continue to favour projects such as Crossrail over developing infrastructure in other parts of the country which generate much greater relative returns.