Economic

Economic, News

Future proofing the economy: Philip Hammond’s speech in full #CPC16

It’s great to be back in Birmingham – and a privilege to address this conference as Chancellor of the Exchequer. I don’t think I am giving away any state secrets in admitting that I just might have hoped to have been a Treasury Minister a little bit earlier in my […]

by × October 3, 2016 ×

Economic

Energy policy: Time for common sense

Energy policy should not be based on reducing CO2 emissions as quickly as possible regardless of all costs and practicality  Last week saw “The New Dawn of Truth – The London Climate Change Conference 2016″, hosted in Conway Hall by a group of climate scientists with sceptical views on the […]

by × September 18, 2016 ×

Economic

Five reasons the Government must
build more houses

I am now well and truly sick of the housing crisis being described as a “bubble.” Housing price inflation is not just due to cheap credit. In the case of the UK housing market, house price inflation is largely due to a literal dearth of houses to live in. Mortgages […]

by × August 1, 2016 ×

Economic, Leftwatch

Equality of outcome? I’m not sure that
means what you think it means.

Owen Smith has launched his twenty-point policy plan, in what appears to be an attempt to renounce his previous membership of Baader-Blairite, win over the lunatic majority that now make up the Labour membership and to make the Labour party a ‘credible’ opposition. Not only does this demonstrate Smith’s journeyman […]

by × July 28, 2016 ×

Economic

Subsidies are always bad.  Subsidies are always immoral.

Subsidies are always bad.
Subsidies are always immoral.

Since the Referendum, I have been dismayed at seeing angry posts on social media lamenting the loss of subsidies from the European Union. One of the reasons I voted for leaving the EU is because of the Common Agricultural Policy and, for me, it’s demise remains one of the most […]

by × July 3, 2016 ×

Economic, News

Trade wars: Leaked memo shows EU is  costing UK billions

Trade wars: Leaked memo shows EU is
costing UK billions

A secret government memo has been leaked to The Telegraph reportedly showing that a “trade war” between EU countries is damaging the British economy. The damning Whitehall assessment – seen by the Telegraph – has found that France and other EU countries are hampering new “free-trade” deals because they want […]

by × May 25, 2016 ×

Economic

We need to take back control of our trade policy

We need to take back control of our trade policy

“Trade policy”, says the EU Commission, “is an exclusive power of the EU – so only the EU, and not individual member states, can legislate on trade matters and conclude international trade agreements”. This obviously has serious, wide-ranging implications which are have not been adequately discussed or honestly spelled out […]

by × May 13, 2016 ×

Economic

The housing crisis is pure Government failure

The housing crisis is pure Government failure

It’s only a matter time before the government has no other option but to liberalise planning regulations so that more housing can be built. No amount of minor tinkering around the edges of the problem with policies such as ‘Help To Buy’ will solve the housing crisis. The problems of […]

by × May 11, 2016 ×

Economic, Europe

The global trading system needs a jump start; the UK should lead the way

The global trading system needs a jump start; the UK should lead the way

The case for leaving the EU should be ambitious and speak of the great opportunities independence affords us. We should be getting the nation excited about the opportunities, sadly we are getting bogged down in number crunching and NHS memes while the opposition replies with increasingly hysterical fear mongering. This […]

by × May 9, 2016 ×

Economic

The public pension pyramid scheme

The public pension pyramid scheme

In a recent piece I wrote for Conservative Home about pensions, I made the following observation about the challenges involved in defusing the time bomb that projected entitlements for older citizens have set ticking under the public finances: “This problem is very difficult to tackle because older people are not […]

by × March 28, 2016 ×

Economic

The planning and licensing laws have to go

The planning and licensing laws have to go

There is a lot said about the UK housing crisis, and it is generally accepted that there is a serious lack of housing across the country, most notably in London. The cause of this housing crisis comes down to a lack of supply going back to the 1970s, (see page 12 […]

by × March 26, 2016 ×

Economic

Britain needs a revolution:  We can’t afford politics-as-usual

Britain needs a revolution:
We can’t afford politics-as-usual

In my last article, I wrote that Britain needs a revolution in our relationship with government. The UK’s debt burden is unsustainable. Debt interest is forecast to eat up a bigger and bigger slice of public spending every year. At the same time an ageing population and mass immigration are […]

by × March 24, 2016 ×