“The recent PIRLS study shows England rising to fourth place out of 43 countries that tested children at the same age. In 2016 we were joint eighth, up from joint tenth, a rise attributed in that report to our focus on phonics.”
Decades of EU funding mechanisms, and centralised policymaking with multiple objectives for farmers, have left us lagging behind.
It costs our economy some £137 billion a year. Just a small amount of that could more than cover the costs of a new force and save banks and insurers billions.
Participation in these plans has fallen over the years. We urgently need a Commission to change that.
A sensible national conversation about the quality of degrees needs a proper system of assessment. That won’t be simple or cheap.
There is deprivation and lower educational attainment in the southern new towns, coastal communities, inner cities and rural coldspots.
A new study by a former senior adviser to two Tory Chancellors gets itself back to front. Inequality is not so much a cause of processes as a consequence.
The fifth piece in our series this week about what the Tory Manifesto should look like.
Between them, the two remaining candidates have already clocked up tax and spending promises of around £51 billion per year.
This is a contribution to the debate – now let’s see what the candidates offer during the week ahead.
“If we fail to address the very real areas in which the capitalist system is failing – a long period of left-wing, socialist government is surely on its way.”
Onward, FREER, the revitalised CPS. The Tory MPs involved in all these will have to take some risks if they’re to get off the groumd.
“Competition doesn’t mean privatisation.” The full text of his speech to the Social Market Foundation and Joseph Rowntree Foundation.
“The government should be completely overhauling current restrictions and liberalising our planning system to free up land for houses to be built.”
The Chancellor needs to help deliver the sense of direction so strikingly absent in Manchester last month, and indeed since last June’s election.