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.
The present social contract was written when the number of taxpayers well outstripped the number of retirees. But times have changed.
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.
Our research with low-income voters in some of these areas revealed that many are not expecting miracles. They simply want better local services.
The OBR’s horrid forecasts of an output implosion and soaring unemployment will do nothing to quell Tory resistance to tougher Covid tiers.
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.
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.
Plus: Johnson’s sub-optimal Brexit trade deal choice. I’m not dreaming of a normal Christmas. And: green jobs – overall, a cost not a benefit.
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?
If if the higher education sector must take some further pain in the spending review, then the last option is the least bad.
Together with tax cuts and less regulation, higher or more extensive benefits look like better support for hungry children than vouchers.
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.