Voters aren’t focusing on the constitution, but on the SNP’s record in Government. We must be ready to capitalise on this by telling then the truth.
The Government must do much more to promote universities, apprenticeships and FE colleagues equally to ensure that young people get the skills they need.
Between 1997 and 2005, public sector spending rose from £336 billion to £517 billion a year. But its output has increased little, so its productivity has fallen dramatically.
We should seek the closest possible relationship with the EU and an open trade policy. Firms need confidence to invest.
The Chancellor has not always been well treated by his neighbour, and deserves support over public spending. But he has mishandled his internal position over Brexit.
Behind the ‘jobs miracle’ lies a system, built on tax credits, which subsidises low pay and encourages businesses to over-hire at the expense of investment.
One place where there is unlikely to be any dithering is the West Midlands. The prospect of someone like Andy Street becoming mayor is hugely exciting.
British workers must be equipped for the task – especially since voters have sent a clear message about wanting stricter controls on immigration.
Plus: Unemployment is down. Productivity is up. Wages are up. Despite Brexit. Despite Brexit. Despite Brexit…
Our city lags behind the UK average in unemployment and productivity. The new mayor must use City Hall’s new levers to make it more competitive.
We need sectoral centres of excellence that strengthen our economy, create higher wage jobs and help us trade across the globe.
It should be used to pay for what we owe in our pensions and benefits system – and thus provide more inter-generational justice.
The Centre for Social Justice, which I am now chairing once again, is turning its attention to the quality of growth and jobs.
Downing Street can win votes in the regions without resorting to Blair’s pork-barrel spending.
We should unleash the inner entrepreneurs among our nurses, social workers and librarians.