We have a habit of looking back at policy platforms pursued by previous Conservative Governments, and attempting to bring back popular policies like a poor Hollywood remake.
But although the era of austerity is coming to a close, we are emphatically not rejecting the need for ongoing discipline with the public finances.
In the final article of our mini-series, the Onward Director says that there must also be a new strategy to help boost Britain’s productivity rate.
In the second of three articles, the Weston-super-Mare MP sets out plans on tax, housing deficits and debt to help achieve inter-generational justice.
There is a strong case for a larger proportion of the recently announced NHS money to be invested into preventative services.
Scrap HS2. Integrate social care. Abolish NI. Reverse police cuts. Consider a new Bill of Rights. And much, much more.
I am a pragmatic common sense person. As the council leader I do twice the amount of listening as talking. We work hard to protect the way of life in our county.
From community services and mental health treatment, to alleviating PFI debt, the extra cash must be used to prepare the health service for the future.
Our achievements include providing more school places and greater choice and independence for the elderly.
Sleeping rough is more than the lack of a bed; it’s a personal and social tragedy. How we respond to it is a litmus test for our society.
It is true that financial pressures will increase. But the scope for reform and innovation remains huge. Services do not need to be cut.
Demands for billions of pounds for extra adult social care spending lack credibility given the continued profligate spending in our town halls.
We must embrace such issues as poverty, families, prisons and young people.
The council is making great strides with our health and voluntary sector partners. But the barriers to innovation imposed centrally must be lifted.
The Comprehensive Spending Review has to be seen as a way to reset the narrative. Government need to focus on reform as a positive – not expenditure.