The twenty-fifth article in a new series on ConHome about how government might be made smaller, taxpayers better off and and society stronger – through strong families, better schools and good jobs.
The sad truth is that if the Confederation of British Industry did not exist, we would have to invent it.
The risk is that the Truss approach to business taxes will be that it is seen as being so out of touch with the public mood that she will provide a vulnerable target for the Government’s opponents.
The Chancellor is set to build a relief road to get round the present pile-up of Government, banks and business.
For too long, the only organisations in this space have been big-business lobbies with a relentlessly negative attitude towards leaving the European Union.
The confederation has wielded considerable influence over the last 30 years. But other, more entrepreneurial voices, must be heard, too.
“This programme, which is appearing to value none of the contribution that business makes, will simply shut investment out of our country.”
Javid is right to bury the “tens of thousands” target – but he needs to set out a clear pathway to lower migration.
The Government has enacted a broad range of measures to help companies large and small grow, create jobs, and boost their local economies.
In sum, Hammond said: vote for May’s Deal – or the economy gets it. But there’s more than one way of dicing the next election result.
Nevertheless, tax alone won’t solve our challenge. Instead we must reshape the high street experience – as we’re starting to do in the West Midlands.
The online retail revolution has brought more convenience and lower prices to millions. Fighting it is an unworthy mission for a pro-consumer party.
We re-run the author’s series on what might be done for the UK to be Ready on Day One.