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Posts Tagged: Northern Powerhouse
“Seriously concerning.” “A Gordon Brown-style budget”. Centre-right think tanks resist the Budget’s main platform.
But some free marketeers are concerned about the huge borrowing rise and the reliance on “bureaucrats picking winners.”
Marr puts the argument to the Brexit Secretary that the project’s costs are running out of control.
Ali Demirbag: A post-Brexit visa regime must encourage the brightest and the best to travel to the UK on business
We need to control long-term immigration but also make it easier for entrepreneurs to visit the UK so that they can invest in and work with British companies.
Andrew Smith: The next Conservative Government can deliver for the North by investing in regeneration.
I hope that we will see more of the Chancellor during the campaign explaining how his plans can help support investment to boost productivity.
Raising national insurance, fewer “sin taxes”, public sector pay rises, more schools spending – all are part of his programme.
The then EU Budget Commissioner told me that giving control of this funding to national governments would make it subject to “democratic whim”.
Neva Sadikoglu-Novaky and Jonathan Werran: Brexit gives the chance to have full fiscal devolution. Let’s take it.
Through tax competition, we could truly have a real Northern Powerhouse and give cities in the north a fairer chance against London and the south east.
Jake Berry: What I found on my Northern Powerhouse tour. Resilience, skill, innovation and success. Plus an appetite for Brexit.
But more money and powers need to be given directly to the North to drive further progress.
In a balanced economy, the north would produce around £70 billion more. Here is one way to help close that gap.
It would be easy, but mistaken, to take the path of least resistance and simply re-enact the dated Cameron ‘modernising’ agenda.
Albie Amankona: We need a real National Health Service – to make healthy living easy and unhealthy living difficult.
There needs to be a paradigm shift in policy and culture. Our state should work to keep us healthy and allow us as individuals to be responsible for our actions.
The lack of a Conservative Commons majority prevented the Chancellor from doing much more than playing it safe – which he did effectively.
Spreadsheet Phil must become Storyteller Phil – if his Budget is to succeed where the Tory conference failed
The Chancellor needs to help deliver the sense of direction so strikingly absent in Manchester last month, and indeed since last June’s election.
We have our reservations about the Foreign Secretary, but concede that he alone, of those Ministers who spoke this week, made the Tory message sing.