Chair of the British Museum and the Northern Powerhouse Partnership, partner at RobeyWarshaw and former Chancellor of the Exchequer and Evening Standard Editor
1/ Good stuff here from Henri Murison and the team at The Northern Powerhouse Partnership - meaningful devolution must include handing mayors and local authorities more control over income streams. A Treasury holding on the purse strings is not devolution ft.com/content/cad419…
From Lawrence H. Summers, Philip D. Zelikow and Robert B. Zoellick: The moral and legal case for sending Russia’s frozen $300 billion to Ukraine wapo.st/3JSZ79O
Strong, solid Conservative budget from Jeremy Hunt - rooted in delivering fiscal stability as a platform for attracting private investment again, after all the mistakes of recent years. Childcare extension a big deal, and great to see our theatre and film credits sustained
An uplifting evening at Northern Research Group (NRG) with guest speaker George Osborne, chairman of the The Northern Powerhouse Partnership.
Everyone very upbeat about the prospects for the North under the Conservatives and Rishi Sunak!
This chart from Chris Giles today shows why the idea austerity has caused our growth problems post-GFC doesn’t stack up
During peak austerity (2010-6) UK had strongest GDP per capita growth in G7
Fiscal policy was loosened significantly post-2016, when UK falls right back
Great to see Greg Hands as the new Tory Party Chairman. General rule: useless Tory PMs have demoted Greg and effective Tory PMs have promoted him.
When Robert was 10 yrs old he found a war mine on a beach. It exploded, blasting him into the sea and killing 4 other boys. For the rest of his life, he once told me, he had to justify why he had been spared. Parliament & public service was his answer. RIP telegraph.co.uk/obituaries/202…
Tonight’s #AndrewNeilShow on Channel 4 at 6 - a damning verdict on Liz Truss #ClusterTruss , a little bit of Brexit, talk of a reshuffle, Dominic Raab and round 2 of Ed versus George Andrew Neil Ed Balls George Osborne
The deal to get the Star Wars films made in the UK was one of the most unusual I was involved in - they came bearing lightsabers. Great see that our tax credits almost a decade ago have supported so many jobs and such investment in the creative industries
Exciting to see the new evidence from Cambridge University that the sugar tax we introduced, and which many opposed at the time and since, is working and reducing obesity - clearly the sugar tax should now be extended to help further improve public health theguardian.com/society/2023/j…