The second piece in our series this week about what the Conservative Manifesto should look like.
Posts Tagged: Taxpayers Alliance
Residents want low taxes and regular bin collections, not big PR budgets and regular spin.
We need an overhaul to meet both the immediate challenges posed by Brexit and to maintain our global position as other countries start catching us up.
And: Gove says MPs can sit at weekends to get a deal through. Plus: Brisk business at the bookstall – and the menace of the “offence archaeologists”.
The heated debate about fiscal policy a decade ago is often forgotten. It matters that the former Prime Minister now acknowledges he came down on the wrong side.
Perhaps the cost of dying all seems rather small fry, in relation to delivering Brexit by October 31. But there is likely to be a Budget ahead of the deadline.
Jeremy Hutton: There are 6,047 empty council-owned commercial properties in the UK – what a shocking waste
Providing security, insurance, maintenance and renovation of these vacant properties costs £74 million a year. Many could be converted into housing.
Buck-passing between different authorities results in poor outcomes for residents and kickback from voters.
This is a contribution to the debate – now let’s see what the candidates offer during the week ahead.
John O’Connell: There are so many better ways of spending £50 billion than on HS2. Here are some of them.
The alternatives we publish today range from airfields to supertrams, roads to rail, bicycles to bridges.
Andrew Allum: New technology can save the NHS and social care system billions and improve patients’ lives
Hancock’s willingness to embrace such innovation is encouraging, and will bring sizeable benefits.
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.
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.