We could just abandon some of our costlier spending commitments — for instance, the triple lock, or having a navy. But I’m assuming that when Tories talk about shrinking the state they have weight-loss in mind not amputation.
At present, we are languishing in the polls. However, if we keep their reputation for being good on the economy, then the public may decide to give us another chance.
The Government should learn from how Johnson got the trains to run on time when he was Mayor of London.
When numerous existing schemes are ill-publicised or difficult to sign up for, vulnerable people miss out on much-needed help.
If the government is providing the money for public services, it needs more control over how that money is spent.
Whatever the leadership of our party, the task facing it is the same: building a strong country that delivers a better life.
The NHS employs 1.75 million people and is too monolithic. The number of civil servants has risen to 460,000. This is territory which the Chancellor needs to examine in detail.
“Bad management” or “the wrong skills” or “incompetent people” are held up as the root cause of bad government.My central gripe is that I doubt this is true.
My new pamphlet for the Centre for Policy Studies sets out a programme which would empower voters truly to Take Back Control.
On the whole, pay rises should go to those on the frontline, or be used for recruitment and retention, or be based on performance.
The party’s Vice Chairman for Policy was being pressed on police cuts.
These archaic machines cause NHS patients to miss appointments, hospitals to lose records, and cost millions of pounds in paper storage each year.