It’s striking that the countries that did best during Covid are those, like Taiwan and South Korea, which live under threat of annihilation by their neighbours.
Posts Tagged: levelling up
We need to look seriously at how our tax system works and whether the burden is spread fairly across the whole country.
Put simply, it is the “where” of decisions – it helps policy makers to see where, and how, to focus effort, direct investment and encourage economic activity.
With Brexit done and vaccinations continuing, a major mission will be Johnson’s commitment to deliver levellling-up.
A Thames Freeport will be a magnet for new investment, jobs, skills development and the adoption of greener technology.
The Government can do a lot in a short space of time. A key question should be: how do we make these towns nicer places to live?
Richard Holden: This first Johnson year demanded tough short-term decisions. The coming second will demand tough long-term ones.
The towns of the North East, left behind for generations by Labour, will need to see their Conservative MPs forging a durable path to a future.
James Blagden: The Government cannot assume its majority is safe. It must continue to win over “Contract Conservatives”.
56 per cent of these voters were persuaded by the Conservatives’ pledge to “Get Brexit done”, compared to 34 per cent of other Tory voters.
Esther McVey: We should honour our manifesto commitment to close the digital divide. Especially during this time of Covid.
The levelling up agenda depends upon nation-wide digital inclusivity. If we give up on this, we will be trying to deliver it with one hand held behind our back.
Completing the regeneration of Longbridge would be a powerful example of Conservative policy actively “levelling up” the economy.
Our research with low-income voters in some of these areas revealed that many are not expecting miracles. They simply want better local services.
“The Chancellor has passed the responsibility to us. Can’t complain.” Council leaders respond to the Spending Review.
Some welcome the extra power to put up Council Tax. But they are reluctant to use it when their residents are already hard-pressed.
The OBR’s horrid forecasts of an output implosion and soaring unemployment will do nothing to quell Tory resistance to tougher Covid tiers.
David Morris: The Government’s OneWeb investment will give the UK a greater stake in the space industry’s future
This move will help advance the country’s technological infrastructure, as well as meaning Conservatives meet their ‘levelling up’ pledge.
Richard Holden: This week’s spending review must show voters in Red Wall seats like mine that they were right to trust us
It’s vital that on education, policing and infrastructure, as much clarity is given as possible to departments as possible in terms of long-term funding.