The enthusiasm of some of my colleagues for ever greater state involvement in crucial industries is a gift to Labour.
One might see this not as an aim to replace current fiscal prudence, but to ensure a greater focus on where public expenditure takes place. It’s more than a balance sheet or accounting exercise.
We need strategic state oversight of empowered operators with strong commercial incentives to meet passengers’ needs.
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.
Privatisation has made our water industry more efficient. Continuing issues stem from existing regulation.
The Party Chairman responsible for fund-raising is playing for higher stakes than he may appreciate.
David Skelton catalogues the snobbish abuse heaped by progressive intellectuals on workers in neglected towns.
Conservative messaging implies an implicit belief that there are no major state functions ripe for reform in any fiscal repair.
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As for “a limited period”, well, we shall see: as Milton Friedman used to say, nothing is so permanent as a temporary Government programme.
Their manifesto doesn’t provide any costings for their most expensive plans. The IFS says their tax pledge is not believable. But will they get away with it?
“This programme, which is appearing to value none of the contribution that business makes, will simply shut investment out of our country.”
It is capitalising on voters who weren’t born in the era of state monopolies having no idea how much worse these companies were under Corbyn’s dinosaur model.
Miles Bassett is not alone in claiming that an excess of libertarianism is at the root of our problems. But the Government’s record refutes the claim.