My answer would be “maybe, provided the spending or tax cuts significantly improved our growth potential.”
The Chancellor could please every beer & cider drinker; charity donor; motorhome manufacturer, retailer and owner; caravan site owner, and public toilet user in Britain.
We cheer the mission. But government needs more compromise, art, tact and accomodation than campaigning alone allows.
Ministers have been asked to push the Government’s priorities – tackling crime, funding the NHS, “levelling up” regions. How can these be effected without faster growth?
As a former Chief Secretary to the Treasury, I am uneasy about the bail-out of Flybe. Every time a private business is bailed out by the taxpayer, the pressure grows.
Plus: Open regional Tory offices but don’t take CCHQ out of London. The coming IR35 disaster. And: where will you be on January 31?
Perhaps the cost of dying all seems rather small fry, in relation to delivering Brexit by October 31. But there is likely to be a Budget ahead of the deadline.