If you’re thinking the NHS cannot possibly appropriate any more of the country’s time, energy, resources and money, the Institute for Fiscal Studies warns otherwise.
Tony Blair and Gordon Brown inherited a strong economy and low taxes, and thus plenty of scope for more spending. Sir Keir Starmer and Rachel Reeves would take office in vastly more difficult circumstances.
He blames industrial action for longer waiting lists, and claims that the Government’s “plans were beginning to work” prior to the dispute.
Labour leader says the current situation is “the government’s mess, and it’s for them to sort it out”.
The waves of strikes we are seeing punish patients, children, and commuters. Acceding to the inflated pay demands of the unions would punish us all by making our inflation problem worse.
You don’t need to buy the wilder conspiracy theories about a deep state to recognise that it would be irresponsible to ignore the machinery of government.
The movement has been increasingly attracting graduates and higher paid workers; the political views of most union leaders are generally ignored by the ordinary member.
Folding is not an option as long as Rishi Sunak’s commitment to fiscal sanity remains resolute. But will it come at the cost of his pledge to bring down waiting lists?
His laudable focus on immediate priorities cannot forever excuse failing to address the big strategic challenges facing Britain.
The Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster adds that they “have got a decent deal now, let’s move forward”.
We are still trying to clear the backlog created by Covid-19; industrial action will mean more delays and more preventable suffering.
Like Margaret Thatcher giving in to the miners in 1981, a tactical withdrawal now could be a springboard to future victory.
The Shadow Business Secretary highlights that the average pay settlement in the private sector was 7 per cent.
There has been a small fall in support for the Government’s approach to the strikes amongst our panel.
Setting a minimum level for service across key public services is not only reasonable and proportionate, but safe. And it is the first duty of any government to keep citizens safe from harm.