So how do we get more good, high-paying jobs into poorer areas? One specific opportunity relevant in a lot of Red Wall seats is advanced manufacturing.
Modest consolidation over decades is one thing; large increases over a Parliament would be quite another.
The public would catch up when growth slowed and redundancies rose. It would become clear that raising taxes on employers doesn’t help anyone.
Lockdown has taken a significant toll on the younger generation, and we need help to make up for lost time.
We should have a laser-like focus on reducing the tax burden, instead of relying on nannying to get us off of our bottoms.
It should be remembered that the arts contributes more to Britain’s international earnings, in the aggregate, than does the City of London.
The Government must encourage a resurgence of enterprise – to enhance the chance of a rapid recovery.
One area that has had relatively little attention, but could get much more, is the behaviour of commercial landlords across the country.
As a member of his first Cabinet, I was tested in Northern Ireland – as elsewhere the new government reduced the defict and reformed public services.
The Small Business Grant scheme should cover these businesses – and the furloughing plan allow sole company directors to work.
It should remove those taxes and regulations that will stop business from applying their ingenuity on the problem of rebuilding from the ruins.
The most important sector is one usually ignored. Small firms constitute 99 per cent of all business in the country.
That’s a legitimate political agenda, and people are quite welcome to vote for it. But they deserve to know what’s coming.
Vague plans to “review” business rates, “clamp down” on late payments, or “reform” Entrepreneurs’ Relief will do little to inspire.
Who will their taxes really hit? How much will they truly raise? And can this really be described as a ‘moderate’ agenda?