Here are some ideas to win in 2030

Here are some ideas to win in 2030

Earlier today, Mark Wallace asked a very good question: What are the Conservatives doing to win in 2030? The answer, as far as I can see, is not a huge amount. The focus, understandably, is on the impending general election which will be fought along the lines of why...
Osborne’s Autumn Statement was a nod to the north

Osborne’s Autumn Statement was a nod to the north

George Osborne wants to create “a job-rich recovery for all” and it was very evident from the Autumn Statement that the Chancellor is well aware of the electoral challenges his party faces at the next election. Littered throughout the speech were...
A clear message and signs of green shoots

A clear message and signs of green shoots

“The Chancellor’s green tie was symbolic. He didn’t say it but the green shoots of economic recovery are here. The OBR has revised its growth estimates upwards. Public sector net borrowing will be in surplus in 2018-19. 1.4 million private sector jobs have been...
The false lure of renationalisation

The false lure of renationalisation

In 2007, Gordon Brown strained to avoid what he considered politically toxic:  nationalising a private company (Northern Rock). Now in 2013, the Government runs RBS and the East Coast mainline franchise. Labour front-bencher, Maria Eagle, has argued for the...