People will not accept any arrangement that isn’t funded through the tax system and free at the point of use. So we have to find a way of making the current model work.
Posts Tagged: Office of Budget Responsibility
Plus: We need a Housing Minister who will do for new homes what Michael Heseltine did with development corporations in the 1980s.
The lack of a Conservative Commons majority prevented the Chancellor from doing much more than playing it safe – which he did effectively.
John O’Connell: The Tory Manifesto. It should commit to scrapping HS2, ending the triple lock – and reforming the NHS.
This first piece of a mini-series on what should be in the manifesto argues that the Conservatives must get serious about living within our means.
Peter Lilley: That £350 million figure. The EU’s negotiating position shows it to be less of an exaggeration than has been claimed.
It makes spending commitments which exceed the amounts it budgets to spend. Those escalating commitments…will approach E250 billion by the time we leave.
It’s always tempting for politicians to outsource important decisions. But it doesn’t work.
The OBR’s assessment is “consistent with a range of possible outcomes that we can keep under review in future forecasts”. In other words, it’s sorry – but it hasn’t a clue.
The occupant of Number 11 may seek to become what Margaret Thatcher claimed to be after she was brought down: “a good back seat driver”.
It felt more like a pre-election than a post-election one – and was shot through by a sense of the Chancellor’s political mortality.
Ryan Bourne: When Clegg claimed over two in five families are vulnerable. And other thoughts on this election campaign
Plus: The OBR isn’t needed to audit manifestos. The SNP’s sleight-of-hand on austerity. A lack of debate on healthcare. And: don’t make promises you can’t keep.
It’s front page story exactly a week ago misrepresented an Office of Budget Responsibility report. (P.S: The OBR isn’t doing too well itself either.)
Compare the state of the nation today to how things were when I first became a Treasury Minister and it’s clear how far we’ve come.
Ryan Bourne: Osborne as Chancellor 1) He has failed to tame the deficit to date. But could he yet succeed?
The first piece in a three-part mini-series about the Chancellor’s record examines his handling of public spending.
Cameron says that too many politicians have offered “easy answers”. True. So where are the hard ones?
As next May draws nearer, no political party is yet facing up to the scale of challenge of deficit reduction.
There are few clear answers to that question, despite all the firm rhetoric flying around. What we need is more nuance and better information.