Which candidate can devise and push through the policies needed to unite the Tory shires with the Leave voters of the north?
What is needed is professional, third party review and analysis of expenditure, department by department, cutting out duplication and waste.
The Treasury should not simply accept the growth figures given by the OBR, but seek to raise them.
In the final article of our mini-series, the Onward Director says that there must also be a new strategy to help boost Britain’s productivity rate.
It will also boost our economy and allow businesses to create new, modern jobs in an exciting growth sector.
As a measure of an administration, GDP has its limits. But clear evidence that we’re building a happier nation suggests the Government is on the right track.
The clock is ticking on the Brexit negotiations and spreading confusion in this manner will only undermine the Prime Minister’s negotiating hand.
If we do, we could reverse at least some of the six per cent hit to GDP it has caused so far. If we don’t, we could continue to lose productivity growth of 0.2 per cent a year.
The digital revolution throws up a legion of big policy questions – from the ethics of AI to stopping terrorism online. We can make a start by getting the facts right.
According to the latest World Bank report, doing so would risk just 0.25 per cent of British GDP.
Plus: I miss the Liberal Democrat conference. I miss the beards. I miss the sandals. I miss being asked for a discount on a 50p postcard…
We should seek the closest possible relationship with the EU and an open trade policy. Firms need confidence to invest.
Are we being manipulated so that we accept, in due course, a smaller (but still very large) Brexit bill as a “good deal”?
Only a constitutional referendum lock, safeguarded by the Queen, can protect us from the left-wing coalition that could take power in 2020.
A major risk and a priority in the negotiations must be maintaining the EU’s system of financial passporting for British institutions.