The OBR’s horrid forecasts of an output implosion and soaring unemployment will do nothing to quell Tory resistance to tougher Covid tiers.
Posts Tagged: The Coalition
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.
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.
Modest consolidation over decades is one thing; large increases over a Parliament would be quite another.
Graham Gudgin: To meet its infrastructure ambitions, the Government should spend more on capital investment
It should take advantage of the current macro-economic environment afforded by low borrowing costs, to provide stable – and sizeable – funding.
An election that saw them returned to say yes to Brexit and boosterism leaves Johnson vulnerable to events and reality.
Tony Lodge: Britain’s creaking, outdated energy system has been exposed by this crisis. It’s time for a greener future.
While the pandemic has been challenging for the National Grid, it also presents the perfect opportunity for change.
Owen Paterson: Cameron’s Coalition was formed ten years ago today. It left us a message of hope that we should honour.
As a member of his first Cabinet, I was tested in Northern Ireland – as elsewhere the new government reduced the defict and reformed public services.
Exactly a decade after forming a government with the Conservatives, the Liberal Democrats are languishing on the political fringes – where did it all go wrong?
His cuts were so shocking that, in his own Budget speech in June 2010, George Osborne said that there would be no further such reductions.
As the tenth anniversary of the 2010 election approaches, the author says that Labour’s own austerity record and plans were almost as tough as the Coalition’s.
Julian Knight: Coronavirus presents a more complex economic challenge than when the Coalition took office
With no fiscal leeway for stimulus spending, a bold supply-side programme will be crucial for the UK.
Caroline Elsom: We calculate the astronomical cost of the virus as double the sum spent each year on healthcare
As in 2008, the line between survival and disaster will rest on the bond markets’ trust in the British Government and on the reputation of the Bank of England.
Bury, the West Midlands, Dudley and perhaps the Durham PCC polls are well worth keeping an eye on.
I was delighted to see your appointment. I confess to slight bias, given that you retweeted an article of mine calling for an end to ring-fencing of the aid budget.