The outgoing prime minister was too often prepared to resort to big-state solutions which warped public expectations.
Voters will simply not accept that the Conservative Party is starting from scratch yet again, with a programme for which it has no mandate.
Pay for medical staff is set centrally and restrained whilst boards give administrators generous awards.
Her u-turn on regional pay for the public sector shows how difficult it will be to take on the ‘Blob’ holding Britain back.
Departmental budgets are being eroded as both construction costs and public sector pay demands start to spiral.
The case for restraint isn’t going to be popular, but we’ll all pay if the Government bows to the ‘summer of discontent’.
At PMQs, he demanded the Government meet with the RMT. But what would the current Shadow Cabinet do in such a meeting?
A chunky increase in public sector pay would, realistically, have to be financed by spending cuts and long-term savings – through driverless trains, for example.
It needs to pull the help it has already provided into an account that shows the scale of the adjustment we are going through.
Voters aren’t used to a world of rising prices and interest rates, and their hearts and minds are up for grabs.
In future, the economy may run into inflation bottlenecks earlier in economic recoveries than before, thus constraining growth.
The criticism of him in the newspaper most read by Party activists took little account of the effects of war and pandemic on the choices he must make.
The Chancellor should not feel constrained by the OBR’s forecasts into limiting the actions he can take.
If the government is providing the money for public services, it needs more control over how that money is spent.
Many areas in most need of transformation lack civil society organisations and miss out on the giving which supports them.