It makes sense to focus on a private-sector recovery, but a low pay offer to NHS workers sits badly alongside a record deal for teachers last year.
Posts Tagged: Public Spending
The Budget was, if truly honest, a sign that the Government shuns spending cuts and embraces tax rises – which is ultimately unsustainable.
Ryan Bourne: Why is Sunak so taken with tax hikes – when the tax burden is forecast to be its heaviest for 70 years?
Conservative messaging implies an implicit belief that there are no major state functions ripe for reform in any fiscal repair.
The Budget should be a big reset moment for post-Brexit, post-Covid Britain. It risks being lost amidst a rush to tax rises.
It will probe whether or or not Sunak can prepare the country for that future – and perhaps succeed Johnson himself, “one fine day”.
Richard Holden: The Chancellor shouldn’t try to win a spending arms race with Labour – which we would lose anyway
Perhaps the simplest way of putting it is: it’s all about economic credibility, stupid. Because come 2024, it certainly will be.
We need to have a debate about which taxes are least damaging to economic growth. Over the long term, corporation tax ranks as being one of the worst.
One of an occasional series of articles that ConservativeHome is publishing in advance of the Budget.
All young people have been dealt a bad hand by the indirect effects of the pandemic – however, some are more equal than others.
Ryan Bourne: A reassuringly conservative speech from Starmer’s Shadow Chancellor. The Tories will need to up their game.
This is not to say that all of Dodds’ analysis is coherent or correct, but the days of unhinged Corbynite attacks on capitalism are over.
Neil Shastri-Hurst: Like a phoenix from the ashes of the Covid crisis, now is the time for a new social contract to arise
The present social contract was written when the number of taxpayers well outstripped the number of retirees. But times have changed.
£3 trillion is £100,000 per household – we could have to spend double that. A switch to a command economy would also mean losing our freedom.
We have seen it in the context of Europe; we are seeing it in the context of Covid restrictions. We may more of it in tackling the public finances.
Does the UK really have the political will or state capacity to hit Johnson’s ‘ambitious’ Net Zero targets?
Talk of a new industrial revolution is all well and good, but the spirit that delivered the last one seems long gone.
Austerity era cuts have turned parts of the country outside the great cities into ‘deserts’, with no readily accessible support for millions of residents.
Our research with low-income voters in some of these areas revealed that many are not expecting miracles. They simply want better local services.