Voters aren’t focusing on the constitution, but on the SNP’s record in Government. We must be ready to capitalise on this by telling then the truth.
The Government must do much more to promote universities, apprenticeships and FE colleagues equally to ensure that young people get the skills they need.
It was the former Prime Minister himself who presided over the drawing up of the Article 50 process from which there is no known means of resiling.
Making the scheme more accessible and user-friendly would help, as would supporting unpaid internships, work experience placements and volunteering.
The employment and unemployment rates are each at the best levels since the 1970s. But do voters care?
As possibly the only Brexiteer in the Parliamentary Party’s One Nation group, I am also only too aware that this message must be accompanied by a successful EU negotiation.
From the gig economy to mind-boosting drugs, the latest iteration of the ‘traditional economy’ is under pressure.
The second article in a five-piece series by the author on how Britain must prepare for March 31 2019 – and has less than 600 days to get it right.
“We’re badly trailing in the polls. Corbyn’s up and you’re down. You hired me to get things done and tell you how I see it. Here goes.”
The next manifesto might propose breaking the link between student maintenance costs and parental income by introducing a universal loan.
Big business has become too reliant on the drug of cheap labour from abroad. It should start preparing to kick the habit now.
We must design a conservatism that appeals to both.
Uncomfortable though it is to admit, we run our public finances like a Ponzi scheme. The only way out of this mess is to improve our terrible productivity.
We should put the proceeds in a special Redistribution Fund to spend either on public services, or on poorer communities, or cutting taxes for the lower paid.
The opportunity for young people to gain high-level work related skills would also help bridge the social divide between those who have a degree and those who do not.