The Employment Minister embodies two reasons why the Government is still afloat – its jobs creation record and under-reported Ministerial loyalty.
A flexible labour market, a well-regarded legal system, and comparatively favourable demographics relative to the major European economies are all valuable assets.
Shifting the focus to FE is not only the right thing to do, but would send a powerful message.
Let us hope not. It’s unlikely, but not completely impossible. The Government must battle four trends to reduce the risk.
The Chancellor has been fortunate that the public finances have improved substantially at a particularly convenient time.
Wages are growing at their fastest rate for ten years, and employment is at a near-record high. But qualifications are necessary…
In the second of three articles, the Weston-super-Mare MP sets out plans on tax, housing deficits and debt to help achieve inter-generational justice.
As he battled the agri-barons, and Thatcher battled the union barons, so we must champion the underdog against the corporatist barons of today.
They need time and resources spent on preparing them for employment and for life – and for their Government to adapt as quickly as they are doing.
Lower interest rates and monetary manipulation have been presented as the solution to our economic woes. But increasingly they create them.
The Treasury should be saved from itself by bringing the Party Chairman in to scrutinise the Autumn Budget before it is finalised.
Opportunists will try to lay it all at the door of Brexit. But the truth is more complex – not least given rising wages and the knock-on effects of Trump’s tax cuts.
Plus: the official measure of inflation should be changed; student funding requires reform; and the Chancellor must prepare for No Deal.
Its awards consume roughly a quarter of public spending. It is hard to see where the tax hikes or spending scaleback to fund them will come from if the Chancellor sticks to his guns.
The first article in our new mini-series studies the lie of the economic land – and the implications of Brexit.