Author Archives: Graeme Henderson

The Independent View: Clegg is right to worry about the North

The North once again compared fairly unfavourably to the south in yesterday’s unemployment figures. It’s safe to assume it will do so again in next month’s figures, and the month after that. While political commentators note the UK’s slide towards a triple dip, most people outside London don’t need clinical economic definitions to tell them that money is tight.

But let’s be clear, this disparity is not a consequence of idleness, nor has it happened by chance. Public policy and investment decisions have made it all but inevitable. London has vast infrastructure spending exemplified by Crossrail, a Government proactively …

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Opinion: Heseltine report puts the State back on the hook for helping lead economic recovery

The lack of a joined-up growth strategy has been this Government’s Achilles heel. This week’s report from the Heseltine Review finally provides one. Some on the Tory backbenches will urge David Cameron and George Osborne to ignore many of the recommendations, and the swathes of evidence standing behind them, in favour of abdicating responsibility for the economic recovery to the private sector. Jacob Rees-Mogg predictably caricatures the findings as favouring a 1960s approach to regional development – his preferred course being deregulation. The Heseltine Review embodies …

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  • User AvatarToby Matthews 31st Oct - 4:19pm
    RC- Please note that the article specifically discusses reducing other taxes. Your other points seem to reiterate what I have already mentioned. LVT is not...
  • User AvatarJohnTilley 31st Oct - 4:14pm
    RC You are quite wrong when you say -- ".. But it is not realisable wealth unless you move somewhere else to live. It is...
  • User AvatarStevan Rose 31st Oct - 4:08pm
    This news was shocking. Disgraceful that Clegg should in any way defend it. Whilst there is undoubtedly a problem with refugees in the Mediterranean region...
  • User AvatarRC 31st Oct - 4:07pm
    @ Toby Matthews "LVT would be higher in London because wages are higher in London. Note that supermarket employees in London are paid more than...
  • User AvatarT-J 31st Oct - 3:56pm
    Ok, I admit that I lumped you in with a few other former LibDems turned Green members, apologies for that if you are now unattached....
  • User AvatarToby Matthews 31st Oct - 3:47pm
    Nobody is 'taking aim at London'. It has been mentioned many times here that much of London (tenants) has everything to gain from a free...