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.
Posts Tagged: Tax and Spending
Richard Holden: This week’s spending review must show voters in Red Wall seats like mine that they were right to trust us
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.
David Gauke: Next week’s spending review – and why our holiday from spending restraint is coming to an end
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.
America’s result is having knock-on effects in Downing Street: see yesterday’s green speech and today’s defence news.
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?
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.
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.
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.
Whilst still averse to ‘bashing the rich’, new research shows Conservative voters are strongly supportive of raising tax to support public services.
A conventional budget of tax rises and spending cuts sizeable enough to begin to make our national debt affordable will constrict growth.
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.