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Posts Tagged: George Osborne MP
His time as an MP is surely coming to an end, but Conservatives will miss the former Chancellor’s enthusiasm for technology and global competitiveness.
If politicians will create a big, interventionist state, then voters will expect them to manage it on a full-time basis.
If an MP neglects his constituents then they can throw him out.
Yet even if their concerns don’t ultimately lead to them backing someone else, these shouldn’t simply be dismissed as having no consequences.
In the short-term, this editorship unleashes a clowder of cats in the Conservative dovecot. In the longer, the move looks like a step nearer Westminster’s exit door.
To date, May has been able to junk, water down or delay Cameron’s agenda with little blowback. The Budget NICs furore may change all that.
Near the heart of a decision that both approved was a distrust of the style of politics pursued by the Chancellor’s predecessor.
The Chancellor sounded as if he was auditioning for a role in the Christmas panto.
His position as an adviser was more than decorative and he will be a loss. But as someone or other once put it, there is no alternative.
Our survey. Over half Tory member respondents back Hammond’s deficit reduction timetable. Almost one in three want it speeded up.
If our survey’s findings are representative, this majority either agrees with the Chancellor or is in unity mode or both.
Ryan Shorthouse: Balancing the budget. Make private schools pay VAT. End ring-fencing. Charge for missed GP appointments.
The second piece in our pre-Budget series on how to eliminate the structural deficit.
It’s always tempting for politicians to outsource important decisions. But it doesn’t work.
George Osborne ignored the well-justified caution which had kept minimum wage rises so modest, and the evidence that his ploy will harm employment growth.
Plus: Labour goes all Smethwick in Copeland. And: Sky News dumbs down at breakfast.