Boris Johnson is about to give HS2 the green light. This is despite ballooning costs (over £100 billion and counting); despite evidence from France and Spain that the major city hubs (Paris and Madrid respectively) benefit far more from high speed rail, which in turn means that London will suck in more investment and regional English cities will not benefit by as much as some would have you believe; despite the fact that most people will not benefit; despite the environmental damage that will be inflicted on those areas which will not benefit. I could go on.
In a recent article in the Sunday Telegraph, Simon Heffer observed:Read more
Is this Government in any way Conservative? This "Conservative" Government never uses the tax system to incentivise - only to punish, and all we seem to hear from it are endless nanny state rules and regulations. The latest one last week was on the calorie count of pizzas - at least that's how it was headlined in the media. In reality it is about the calorie count in all sorts of food we eat, including at restaurants.
I don't know about you, but I don't go into a restaurant wanting to know how many calories I am about to eat. I'm not interested. I want good quality food at a reasonable price. It really has nothing to do with the Government what I eat and how many calories are in my food. But this is about to change.Read more
Conservative Party members received a letter from the Prime Minister today. She is trying to sell her Chequers plan, and on the reverse of the second A4 page are quotes from senior Conservatives under the title of "The right deal for Britain".
Liam Fox commented that "this deal will give the UK the freedom to sign our own, independent trade deals". We know that under this plan we are not going to be able to to sign independent comprehensive trade deals. He must be hoping that members are going to fall for it. I have a message for him: they're not stupid.Read more