The energy networks receive a lot less scrutiny than the ‘Big Six’, but they’re natural monopolies extracting unjustifiable profits and must be reformed.
Posts Tagged: infrastructure
Gone is the Conservative certainty of reducing taxes to promote businesses’ own investment and growth.
Andrew Wood: Yes, Singapore really is an example we can learn from. But not for the reasons some Tories give.
It is not especially low tax, nor is it unregulated – though it is certainly a more business-friendly environment then the UK. Here is why it works.
George Freeman: We need a new Chairman and team at CCHQ to lead a radical programme of Conservative renewal
Let’s have Policy Board outside of the constraints of the Government machine – and a commission on what Britain should look like post-Brexit.
If we can win the argument for well-regulated, competitive provision of essential services in this sector, we can win it elsewhere.
To reduce investment in infrastructure or R&D is to take away from the future – just as surely as running up unsustainable debt does.
This will mean that the Party must enter uncomfortable territory and embrace taxes on wealth and inheritance.
“Investing in the future, taking advantage of record low interest rates, can be the right thing if done sensibly.”
It would be prudent for that to become the presumption. Even if we do end up with a deal, infrastructure improvements will be welcome.
Not only will it free up much-needed capacity for commuters and freight on the existing network, but we’re ensuring a huge skills footprint too.
Jon Aydon: The north’s Labour leaders have gained new powers and money – now they must present a vision to match
Decades of under-investment in transport are being corrected – but we need an ambitious strategy for what comes next.
Sponsored Post: Nick Barton: Trains are just as important as planes in tackling the UK’s air capacity issues
There is a significant opportunity to improve rail links. We must not allow it to pass us by.
For Britain to prosper after Brexit, and Corbyn to be thwarted, the Northern Powerhouse is indispensable.
Cambridge University Press is just the latest institution to regret sacrificing fundamental principles in return for Chinese business.
We have always been a maritime nation, and this major investment in the Royal Navy demonstrates our commitment to defending British interests.