The Chancellor has not always been well treated by his neighbour, and deserves support over public spending. But he has mishandled his internal position over Brexit.
Posts Tagged: Sunday Trading
After the referendum. If Britain doesn’t get a new Chancellor, it faces the prospect of a Zombie Government
It will risk being unable to get its business through the Commons.
It felt more like a pre-election than a post-election one – and was shot through by a sense of the Chancellor’s political mortality.
Twenty five Tory MPs joined Labour and the SNP in opposing liberalisation, and provided the Government’s margin of defeat.
The consequences of these sleights-of-hand now include two Ministers threatening to resign, PPS’s quitting, and rebellion from up to 50 Tory MPs.
Michael Trend: Beware, pro-Brexit Conservative MPs. What the Government is doing to Sunday trading it could do over Europe.
The way in which Ministers are ramming Sunday trading changes through Parliament have ominous overtones for Brexiteers – and everyone else.
Mark Menzies: Relaxing arcane restrictions on Sunday trading is necessary to reinvigorate Britain’s high streets
Devolving control of Sunday trading rules to councils is consistent with localism, and would be good for the economy.
The relaxation of Sunday Trading laws is both unwanted and unnecessary.
We need to be brave enough to publish the results of every Family Test – so that we can learn from what works – and what doesn’t.
Adrian Pepper: The Scottish Nationalists have no right to bar more Sunday trading in England and Wales
The reason given for their stance is a mere fig leaf. They care only about the bigger game of breaking up the United Kingdom.
Kate Andrews: Sunday trading restrictions are arbitrary, harmful to employees and unfair to consumers
There are plenty of topics on which Conservative MPs might consider rebellion – but this shouldn’t be one.
Yes, changes could be made to his plans – and probably will be. But the Chancellor is on the right side of a big, vital argument.
Total trade will not rise if shops are open longer: it will merely be spread to different parts of the week, and so will not add to GDP.
Osborne’s localist scheme has its attractions, but Tory backbenchers are angry, the Government risks losing the vote – and there is no mandate for it.