Reports suggest that Rishi Sunak and Jeremy Hunt plan both to scrap HS2’s northern link between Birmingham and Manchester and to stop the line from terminating at London Euston.
While the term ‘levelling-up’ may have faded from public discourse, the pressing need to create jobs and foster opportunity across regions and nations in the UK remains as urgent as ever.
The concluding article of 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.
A timely report – from Ed Balls, no less – suggests that a lack of graduates is not the reason for our productivity deficit. Rather, our productivity deficit explains the lack of graduate-level jobs.
Germany has come closer to managing it – but take a look at the bill: an average of £71 billion between 1990 and 2014. That’s a little more than the £2 billion Sunak was sharing out yesterday.
Without it, we won’t be able to have better public services, less debt and lower deficits, or a fairer deal for younger people.
The final piece in a ConservativeHome mini-series this week on the railways after Covid.
Robert Jenrick MP, Saqib Bhatti MP, the One Powerhouse Consortium and AECOM discuss how to solve regional inequality.
The final part in ConHome’s series this week on the future of the United Kingdom.
The first in a five-part ConHome series this week on the future of the United Kingdom.
This is not to say that all of Dodds’ analysis is coherent or correct, but the days of unhinged Corbynite attacks on capitalism are over.
With Brexit done and vaccinations continuing, a major mission will be Johnson’s commitment to deliver levellling-up.
If politicians are going to take voters with them, we need to be honest about the trade offs and develop policies to help those who stand to lose out.
They have existing infrastructure in place. But improved intercity transport is needed as well as building new homes.