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?
Posts Tagged: Public Spending
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.
Rob Stark meets a bloody end in Game of Thrones. But he won every battle he fought first – and the Greater Manchester Mayor is following his example.
Enough of wheeling in the same weary academics and experts, asking them to repeat the assessments they have given to all the previous politicians.
Richard Holden: If Starmer stands – or kneels – for each passing fad, he won’t rebuild trust with working class voters
The volte-face that he is currently trying to manage in seeking to defend a Withdrawal Agreement that he opposed is farcical.
Consequently, our third and most important priority is the vigorous pursuit of growth – set our country on a path of solid and sustained expansion.
Why the obsessive focus on new tax rises when we need proper spending control – in the form of a real zero-based review?
The Treasury should hold one as the year rolls on, along the lines of that undertaken by Canada’s government during the 1990s.
Modest consolidation over decades is one thing; large increases over a Parliament would be quite another.
James Frayne: Big tax rises would make Tory campaigning impossible – in Red Wall seats as well as traditionally blue ones
The public would catch up when growth slowed and redundancies rose. It would become clear that raising taxes on employers doesn’t help anyone.
Hear from the former chief executive of Vote Leave and co-founder of the TaxPayers’ Alliance about Brexit, the fiscal crisis and forthcoming political battles.