In this new political battle, the greatest tension will not be left v right or even fiscal
doves v economic hawks. It will be a battle between creativity and convention.
Since 2010 the Tories have helped to drive forward transformational change – but Labour’s half-baked plan to abolish tuition fees could put it all at risk.
He says he’s best placed to deliver Brexit, slash corporation tax and beat Corbyn. And adds “I am not going to criticise Boris for going to a posher public school than me.”
The Government should not be heaping what amount to extra taxes on those just getting by. For progressive change, ministers must look elsewhere.
The more one thinks about it, the more problematic it becomes.
The costs could be offset by encouraging a tenth of students away from low-value university and towards higher-value technical education.
Charging the same amount for different courses does not make sense. Fees should be slashed, but with the threshold for repayments lowered.
This establishment panel will not challenge inefficiency. Parents and business are not represented. Colleges need an incentive to provide a better deal.
Fresh thinking on vocational and technical education is a good start, but fundamental questions about higher education and the state’s role in it remain.
They risk a reputation of betraying the largest vote in British history.
Plus: beware of claims that we’ve reached Peak Corbyn. Don’t raise fuel duty. Scrap hospital car parking charges. And: Hands keeps his promises.
Onward seems set to propound the liberal and Freer the libertarian versions of the globalist agenda. Where does that leave the anti-globalist voters who now back the Tories?
Even in lefty France, socialist policies are now being dumped by Emmanuel Macron in favour of free markets. Now is the time to develop our next round of big ideas.
The current system has brought benefits, but it can be improved upon. Getting it right will improve both equality of opportunity and fairness.
Research shows that investment in the early years of a child’s life is the most effective way to improve his or her long-term life chances.