Ensuring that we do not stifle innovation, while legislating for robust consumer protections, is the crux of what policymakers should be looking to achieve.
In a world that changes as fast as this one, constant intellectual regeneration should be our goal. Our recovery papers are a contribution to that.
Nevertheless, tax alone won’t solve our challenge. Instead we must reshape the high street experience – as we’re starting to do in the West Midlands.
They must also rediscover the interests of the consumer – and be better at engaging working class voters on social issues.
“The language should be that of giving people their chance to succeed and of being on their side – a “people politics” that many practice locally but which must be scaled up.”
Put harshly, it can be the ideology of the free-rider, the citizen who neglects the demands of citizenship.
Though in many ways the Amish are deliberately narrowing down their options, in doing so they gain choices that outsiders don’t have.