The majority of Brits drive to work in a car or a van, but journalists and politicians get the train to work. I think that’s reflected in political discourse.
Posts Tagged: Taxpayers Alliance
Huw Merriman: To ensure that the aid budget is spent carefully, let DFID, not the Foreign Office, control it
The Taxpayers’ Alliance is right to demand responsible stewardship of valuable resources. But we should not mess with the aid rules.
There are some brilliant MPs, who go above and beyond. But the majority have hardly covered themselves in glory over Brexit.
Judy Terry: Councillors are still too passive in allowing costly procurement and infrastructure projects
There remains a culture in much of the public sector that no-one will ever be held to account for wasting money on unworkable vanity projects.
“How would you feel if we spent the money on local transport links in the Midlands and the north?’’ Gove asked Conservative MPs last year.
Let us hope not. It’s unlikely, but not completely impossible. The Government must battle four trends to reduce the risk.
Chloe Westley: In praise of the small business people I met, who help create the wealth which keeps public services going
During this Budget run-up, many of those I met raised business rates as a killer, plus council tax, the apprenticeship levy, parking charges and corporation tax, too.
It will also boost our economy and allow businesses to create new, modern jobs in an exciting growth sector.
If I were May, I’d be listening to activists at fringe events instead of beating to Whitehall’s hesitant drum.
Penny Mordaunt: London has some serious problems. It needs a serious candidate – namely, Andrew Boff.
I’m backing him to be the next Mayor of London. He will work tirelessly to deliver and he will lead.
Chloe Westley: The pernicious, corrosive poison of gossip in politics – and how it blights women especially
We’re judged not only on what we do and say, but often also on our relationships (or lack thereof!), our hair, our weight, the clothes we wear, and so on.
The trend fuels harmful misrepresentations and myths. It might bring in ad revenue, but it harms the fabric of our democracy.
Disillusionment, anger, reduced turnout, a body blow to future social reform, and a possible boost to extremists are all potential consequences.
Chloe Westley: The reason the left want to ban me from TV is they fear they would lose a true battle of ideas
Socialist organisations have vastly more money and staff than those campaigning for lower taxes and smaller state, but they still cannot accept debate.
I’ll be putting my name forward as our candidate for Mayor and will use my mandate to argue with Government to change the law to save the lives of young Londoners.