That Johnson’s recent visit was reported as though he were a Governor-General of Imperial India touring the North-West frontier is a bad sign.
Posts Tagged: Regionalism
Andy Street: With more shops opening again, here are high street lessons we can learn from the last recession
At John Lewis where I was a new MD, we decided to put our trust in technology – to build a business model for the future.
David Gauke: A localised piloting, regional approach to ending lockdown. It’s what should happen – and now it may.
Recognise that different conditions apply in different places. Advance where we can. Build up evidence when we need to. Less haste, more speed.
If you thought staying in lockdown was hard, wait until you see what trying to get out of it is like. But here’s how Johnson could do it.
A successful test, track and quarantine policy would open the door to local paths out of this national shutdown.
Budget 1) This was less a Conservative Budget than “the People’s Budget”. From a Vote Leave Government – not the usual Tory one.
It may be necessary, given the Coronavirus, and could even work. But Britain has a long, long record of state spending failing to turbo-charge growth.
Budget 2) John Glen: The challenges we face of the virus and of weak productivity can’t be met by the repetition of small state mantras
The Chancellor’s measures leave us well prepared to tackle its short-term challenges as well as helping to shape the long-term trajectory of the economy.
We can’t continue to favour projects such as Crossrail over developing infrastructure in other parts of the country which generate much greater relative returns.
Ministers have been asked to push the Government’s priorities – tackling crime, funding the NHS, “levelling up”. How can these be effected without faster growth?
In the second piece in our mini-series, the Chair of Homes for the North argues that driving public investment in housing towards the South East is not sustainable.
WATCH: Johnson 1) “It’s not for government to step in and save companies that simply run into trouble”
Asked about the future of Flybe, the Prime Minister adds he does “want to ensure regional connectivity”.
If we really are becoming the Party of Blue Collar Conservatives, our Party must become the change that we want to see.
Regulations should be applied lightly and Business Rates cut. Improving transport links must be championed.
The Conservative Party has been at the forefront of reforms which have helped the disadvantaged. Modern history is full of evidence of this vital strain of conservatism.
Ever since the EU referendum, there’s been renewed focus on how to help poorer places. Helpfully there is decades of evidence about what does and doesn’t work.
Bowman and Westlake’s policy ideas are perfectly compatible with this end, but pitching them as a city and town agenda risks creating a false impression.