Setting a minimum level for service across key public services is not only reasonable and proportionate, but safe. And it is the first duty of any government to keep citizens safe from harm.
By holding firm, the Government should make clear to striking teachers it is not only their own time they are wasting but that of a generation of pupils who have already lost too much.
The shift to subsidies is more than the timely, targeted and temporary measures that we saw during the pandemic, and signifies a bigger change in global public policy.
Maybe the best way to aggregate opinion is to say that there is a high degree of confidence that 2023 will be a year of recovery, but there is low degree of confidence as to the shape and course of events.
Sitting back and playing safe didn’t save John Major, and it certainly won’t deliver a majority for Rishi Sunak.
From renationalisation of the energy and train companies to a bonfire of environmental and employment regulations, taking back control from Brussels has opened a new range of possibilities that were previously off the menu.
By the time the Government’s legislation is enacted, inflation may well be coming down, and a suitable wage settlement might be a viable prospect. However right this policy is, it might prolong a dispute that could fade of its own accord.
We have been looking at how we can strengthen our laws to provide the police with the clarity they need to stop serious disruption and will come forward with those plans in the coming weeks.
His plan for 2024 is to say: “I may not be most exciting politician in the world. But I’m the more reliable of the two before you. What I promise I then deliver.” It’s unlikely to be enough on its own.
Any relaxation of wage restraint would be a blatant surrender to the anti-growth coalition.
The Prime Minister must make up his mind whether or not to see through a policy to stop the small boats – now an issue of profound symbolic importance.
Where there is need, front line staff like doctors and nurses are underpaid, relative to what they should receive, and where there isn’t, a whole host of people are well paid.
This Government does not have long to overcome quangoland’s opposition. It must show determination to get change in Whitehall before Whitehall’s resistance helps engineer a change of government.
The Shadow Levelling Up Secretary says her party “want to see people paid enough money to live on”
As a former Brexit Secretary, I know that we can use our Brexit freedoms to achieve incredible things. Changes to EU regulations in our five growth industries will mean that we can deliver the very best for our great country,