We must not abandon our responsibilities and let irreplaceable historic sites be viewed as little more than obstacles to progress.
Posts Tagged: HS2
Whitehall must understand that if an algorithm offers up cherished green spaces to hungry developers, there will be a local backlash.
Andy Street: It’s time to accept that HS2 is a done deal – part of caring for livelihoods as well as lives in our region
As the short-term economy comes under immense strain, we should support the UK’s biggest single long-term investment.
The devolved Adult Education Budget ensures that every pound delivers more qualifications that employers actually want.
The Cabinet Office’s Review will ask complex questions about its purpose. But a straightforward one may be the place to start.
Darren Grimes: “Hey folks, eat out and spend more – no, not you, fatty. And here’s a new tax for you, consumer-friendly online retailer.”
We should have a laser-like focus on reducing the tax burden, instead of relying on nannying to get us off of our bottoms.
I hesitate to disagree with Daniel Finkelstein, but city growth has been powered more by smalltown commuters than flat-cap wearing uber-boheminans.
Ryan Bourne: Sunak shouldn’t try today to restore pre-virus Britain. It’s gone – and we must now adapt.
What normalisation should mean is the return to a functioning market economy where our wants and needs are met in today’s circumstances.
This ambitious business case is based on our experiences not only of recovering from the last downturn, but on the successes of the last three years.
Darren Grimes: Since we must use coal, why import it all – when we could instead create jobs by mining it in the North-East?
In 2018, just to transport 4.7million tonnes of Russian coal was equivalent to a whopping 130 jumbo jets whizzing, non-stop, around the globe for a year.
Andy Street: With more shops opening again, here are high street lessons we can learn from the last recession
At John Lewis where I was a new MD, we decided to put our trust in technology – to build a business model for the future.
Eamonn Butler: More state provision won’t fix social care. It needs partnerships with independent providers.
Investors should create new homes – in an economies-of-scale dozen at a time, and lease a whole care package to local authorities.
To paraphrase Burke, they owe their Party, as much as their electors, the benefit of their independent, locally-informed judgement.
Andy Street: Our West Midlands recovery plan – and why no one-size-fits-all Whitehall scheme would work
Here, the recovery of our automotive and construction sectors is crucial – firms in the region directly employ around 46,500 people.
Neil O’Brien: Salvaging the economy. Could we just live with more borrowing for a bit? Maybe, maybe not.
Hopefully it will be crisis averted, and we’ll have a bit more time to fix the hole. But sooner or later, difficult choices on tax and spending are coming.