The OBR’s horrid forecasts of an output implosion and soaring unemployment will do nothing to quell Tory resistance to tougher Covid tiers.
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How have think-tanks and campaign groups responded to the Chancellor’s fiscal and economic news?
He sought to unite the nation in a moral mission, “a common endeavour”, and to leave Labour with nothing to say.
“Today’s spending review also delivers stronger public services, paying for new hospitals, better schools, and safer streets.”
Ryan Bourne: Calm down, stay cool – and drop this talk of tax rises. It’s too early to know how everything will settle down.
It’s baffling why think-tanks are taking the OBR assessments as truth, given its prediction record.
Before pumping more funding into the public sector, we must restore the habit of making sure we have the money in the bank before we start spending it.
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.
America’s result is having knock-on effects in Downing Street: see yesterday’s green speech and today’s defence news.
These are my starters for ten – so it’s over to you. What are the biggest choices? What are the problems that we have to get ahead of to keep afloat?
My front-line experience looking after the elderly showed me how a box-ticking culture is undermining carers.
Nick Hillman: Three options for higher education. Less support for students, fewer of them – or else they pay more
If if the higher education sector must take some further pain in the spending review, then the last option is the least bad.
“I think the best way to do that, by the way, is to control public spending more tightly.”
Ryan Bourne: If you want to feed hungry children, don’t target food poverty. Aim to reduce poverty as a whole.
Together with tax cuts and less regulation, higher or more extensive benefits look like better support for hungry children than vouchers.
Emily Carver: Under this Government, the state is rolling forward. But to be Conservative, it must roll it back.
The last few months have shown the public that, if there’s political will, the deficit no longer matters – a dangerous precedent.
The first group of savings are about making the state more efficient, the second about creating a state focused on the core tasks of government.