The Comprehensive Spending Review has to be seen as a way to reset the narrative. Government need to focus on reform as a positive – not expenditure.
British commentators who jumped to condemn his decision as a travesty of democracy failed to understand the country’s constitutional traditions.
It might please nurses, but provokes new pay demands from teachers, doctors and soldiers. Nor would a hypothecated ‘NHS Tax’ make the issue go away.
It’s later than Osborne planned, but good news nonetheless. Now Hammond must hold the course, and resist siren calls to start splashing the cash.
No council has ever held a referendum on tax rises over five per cent. Javid’s decision to raise the cap means taxpayers will be hit without the democratic chance to object.
The latest council leader to vote to increase his own allowances talks of himself as a business leader, not a public servant.
We can already see the damage being done to the Tory vote by the uncomfortable prospect of a near-permanent twilight state of austerity.
Uncomfortable though it is to admit, we run our public finances like a Ponzi scheme. The only way out of this mess is to improve our terrible productivity.
Politicians who support fiscal discipline are not protecting their own interests – they’re guarding the interests of others.
The left cries “Growth not austerity”. Seriously, comrades, if it were that easy, don’t you think someone would have done it by now?
The Prime Minister mounted a defence of the Government’s record on the public finances.
Detoxifying the Party never meant moving to the left – this year’s manifesto was well to the left economically of anything we advocated.
From the perspective of 1997, a description of current events would seem like the ravings of a lunatic.