The shift to subsidies is more than the timely, targeted and temporary measures that we saw during the pandemic, and signifies a bigger change in global public policy.
It isn’t clear how Labour can meet Jeremy Hunt’s fiscal rules whilst still promising a huge investment to deliver” a green economy”.
Under Blair, the party rejected its own traditions and signed up instead to the global, liberal economic order.
His plan for 2024 is to say: “I may not be most exciting politician in the world. But I’m the more reliable of the two before you. What I promise I then deliver.” It’s unlikely to be enough on its own.
I would break this down into three broad and interconnected areas. How do we improve accountability? How do we embrace new technology? And how do we allocate resources more effectively?
Rishi Sunak’s path to a second term rests many factors beyond his control. This gives added significance to determining what he can do, such as defining his own agenda and that of his opponents.
To avoid a 1997-style wipe-out, the aim is to imitate the strategy of John Major’s remarkable victory from five years earlier.
Mark Vickers writes in a sober, unsensational style, yet produces something surprising or even bizarre on almost every page.
The ineptitude of its start has contaminated voter views of centre-right values as well as the Conservatives’ opinion poll ratings.
Labour only wins when it understands aspiration. British voters want stability, not a revolution. Starmer showed today that is a lesson he has learned.
A brief series highlighting how the Labour Party used to be intensely relaxed about people getting filthy rich, as long as they paid their taxes.
Just as we find we were even more attached to Queen Elizabeth than we realised, so we find ourselves even more loyal to her successor than we expected.
But there are truths in life – for example, that a stich in time saves nine, beggars can’t be choosers…and that you can’t spend more than your earn. His premiership ends with record spending and taxes.
The number of young people into higher education keeps on rising and has gone over 50 per cent. It is nothing to do with any target.
Some MPs continued to boo him, which was as it should be. Johnson delights the pit by infuriating the prigs.