The Government can’t deliver levelling up without more supply-side change, localism and public service reform.
Posts Tagged: George Osborne
Robert Halfon: Conservatives must never be complacent about Starmer. The public mood can change quickly.
Plus: The Government will soon have to set out the tough decisions on public spending to constituents.
Ryan Bourne: Why is Sunak so taken with tax hikes – when the tax burden is forecast to be its heaviest for 70 years?
Conservative messaging implies an implicit belief that there are no major state functions ripe for reform in any fiscal repair.
The Budget should be a big reset moment for post-Brexit, post-Covid Britain. It risks being lost amidst a rush to tax rises.
It will probe whether or or not Sunak can prepare the country for that future – and perhaps succeed Johnson himself, “one fine day”.
Richard Holden: The Chancellor shouldn’t try to win a spending arms race with Labour – which we would lose anyway
Perhaps the simplest way of putting it is: it’s all about economic credibility, stupid. Because come 2024, it certainly will be.
We need to have a debate about which taxes are least damaging to economic growth. Over the long term, corporation tax ranks as being one of the worst.
Julian Brazier: A single allowance rate for Inheritance Tax – and five other proposals for making social care more resilient
Any new system should direct incentives towards rewarding those who step down to retirement accommodation and those cared for by their descendants.
Nick King: London is unlikely to have another “Big Bang” moment – but here’s how we can boost its potential post-Brexit
There’s huge scope to enhance the City, and the British economy – especially if we learn the right lessons from Thatcher-era reforms.
Anthony Browne: Post-Brexit Britain. Now we’ve taken back control, here’s what we can do with our new powers.
From January 1, no longer will anyone be able to say: “you can’t – EU rules”. We have jumped from the passenger seat to the pilot seat. So what should we do?
The sheer speed of vaccine invention and deployment marks a political win for him as well as a British triumph.
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.
Here’s both what his team did and how it communicated – deploying the discipline of the second to boost the first.
Johnson and Cummings’ previous assaults on the pre-Brexit order have been brilliantly conceived. This one may not be up to the same standard.
Robert Halfon: Seven education heroes of the lockdown. All credit to them for putting the interests of children first.
They followed the guidance from Sir Nicholas Winton: “if it is not impossible, there must be a way to do it”.
His columns from The Times are informed by his experience of what works, and more importantly, what doesn’t work.