BBC Proposes Replacing Licence Fee with Broadband Levy

1 Apr

The BBC’s response to the government’s consultation on decriminalising the licence fee is out. Their £4 billion solution to funding Gary Lineker? Switching the charge onto broadband bills – portraying it as an ‘efficiency measure’. Forgive Guido for not taking the BBC seriously in its desire to make efficiency savings… The 40-page response states: “In […]

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Sajid Offers Opposition Speech

11 Mar

Rishi managed to claim his budget today stuck within the Government’s fiscal rules by conveniently excluding emergency Coronavirus spending from any of the costings. Cheeky. Instead of Jeremy Corbyn pointing this out in his rambling, half hearted response, it took Sajid Javid to offer a stark reminder to the Government from their own back benches. […]

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The hypocrisy of billionaire bashing

11 Mar

We all know there’s a useful rule to follow when we think we have solved a problem in maths: does the answer look roughly right? Does it have a ball-park common-sense robustness about it? If it looks screwy — I owe how much to HMRC? — it’s often worth searching for a misplaced zero. But […]

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Ten ways the Tories can retain the ‘Red Wall’

11 Mar

The liberal consensus has been broken. A new group of voters, who have not been well-served by liberal policy approaches, are now a crucial part of the Conservative electorate. There is no Conservative majority without them. But will the party will adjust its offer accordingly? Or will it pretend that their new voters were inexplicably […]

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IFS Predicts Borrowing to be £55 Billion Higher than Forecast Four Years Ago

26 Feb

The IFS’s pre-Budget 2020 report makes for less-than-positive reading for fiscal conservatives, with the think tank saying government borrowing in 2019-20 is set to be £44 billion – £55 billion more than the £10 billion surplus they forecast Britain to be enjoying by now in their 2016 forecast. With Boris’s current spending plans, borrowing will […]

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