Does a big state crowd out private investment?

Dehenna Davison is the newly elected “red wall” Tory MP for Bishop Auckland. I am attending Bishop Food Fest next weekend, and I am hoping to say hi! Dehenna is also the co-Chair of the Conservative Free Market Forum – a grouping of hardline Thatcherites in love with a tax-cutting, government-shrinking deregulated future. Last week… Read More Does a big state crowd out private investment?

Brexit and food shortages | Will Christmas be cancelled?

In case you missed it, the UK has extended transition again, until Summer 2022. This is in response to shortages across the food and drink industry that have hogged the headlines for the last few weeks: No chicken in KFC No lager in Wetherspoons No milkshakes in McDonalds No pasties in Greggs GP surgeries don’t… Read More Brexit and food shortages | Will Christmas be cancelled?

How much money is coming to the NHS and Social Care? | Will it work?

The Government announced this week it is increasing NI to raise £11.5bn for the NHS and social care. This gives Boris Johnson the record for the highest levels of tax and spend of any post war Conservative PM. He is currently spending more on public services that Corbyn promised in 2019, and nearly as much… Read More How much money is coming to the NHS and Social Care? | Will it work?

Who owns American Hospitals? | And are they coming over here?

Barely a week goes by without someone telling me about another imminent threat from the Tories to privatise the NHS, and introduce American style healthcare. As you might have spotted after 30 years of these stories I am pretty sceptical. The NHS is still as it ever was. I do understand people’s anxieties. Hospitals that… Read More Who owns American Hospitals? | And are they coming over here?

Fund the Police | P2

This week the Commons Home Affairs Select Committee published it’s report on the 21st anniversary of Lord McPherson’s report into the death of Stephen Lawrence. I always thought it should have been called the Lawrence report, but apparently thats not how things work https://committees.parliament.uk/work/347/the-macpherson-report-twentyone-years-on/ The committee concluded, correctly that a huge amount of progress has… Read More Fund the Police | P2