Plus: Johnson’s sub-optimal Brexit trade deal choice. I’m not dreaming of a normal Christmas. And: green jobs – overall, a cost not a benefit.
My objective would be policies to help achieve growth in real Government revenue, and growth in labour productivity.
It’s a good thing for former senior Ministers to keep thinking, going and contributing, and we wouldn’t be surprised to see a comeback to government.
No fuel duty rises, self-employed taxes, income tax rises, more taxes on food and drink – and the like.
Whether moderate right Conservative, or moderate left, austerity is dead, and this new age will be with us for a long time to come.
Some form of the scheme may be necessary as an expedient. But beware: nothing lasts so long as the temporary.
The most significant part of his announcement was talks with employers and unions “to urgently develop new forms of employment support”.
The implications of the crisis are such that Johnson and Sunak need not so much to think outside the box as to trample it to tatters altogether.
In the first piece of a mini-series, our guest author also argues the Government should look again at IR35, and make it more worthwhile to work.
Cameron’s memoirs offer a hint of where the occupant of Number 11 may look to raise property taxes instead.
As the Prime Minister said, many people have lent us their vote, and they won’t be so generous next time if we get it wrong.
That’s a legitimate political agenda, and people are quite welcome to vote for it. But they deserve to know what’s coming.
Who will their taxes really hit? How much will they truly raise? And can this really be described as a ‘moderate’ agenda?
Their manifesto doesn’t provide any costings for their most expensive plans. The IFS says their tax pledge is not believable. But will they get away with it?
We need an overhaul to meet both the immediate challenges posed by Brexit and to maintain our global position as other countries start catching us up.