As a former Chief Secretary to the Treasury, I am uneasy about the bail-out of Flybe. Every time a private business is bailed out by the taxpayer, the pressure grows.
Plus: Open regional Tory offices but don’t take CCHQ out of London. The coming IR35 disaster. And: where will you be on January 31?
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.
Even if the headlines weren’t hogged by the ongoing Brexit votes, what could the Chancellor really announce?
Is the Treasury up for funding and voters up for supporting the ideas he sketched out ealier this week?
The Government is suggesting that it will make little difference in practical terms – but opposed it for symbolic and political reasons.
Applying it to second properties would see more stimulation in the market and see a quick and notable rise in established properties selling.
Plus: Bad Tory language. Cutting VAT, Good Conservative news for workers. And: a second referendum – not a People’s Vote but a Cheater’s Vote.
While Andrew Jones returns as an Under-Secretary to the department from which he was removed as an Under-Secretary.
The Government has enacted a broad range of measures to help companies large and small grow, create jobs, and boost their local economies.
Plus: Unsung Conservative heroes. The Centre for Rocket Studies. And: why do we need the traditional, three-year University course?
The Chancellor has been fortunate that the public finances have improved substantially at a particularly convenient time.
We need to be alive to adding to the impression that the fixing of a social harm can wait a few months while we find a way to replace lost revenue.
The former shadow home secretary speaks of the need for a “plan that is fair”.
Plus: When The Sun doesn’t shine and the Home Office doesn’t work. P.S: In solidarity with the former Waitrose food magazine editor, I will eat steak.