In a hardline speech in London on Monday, Mr Johnson is expected to say: “There is no need for a free trade agreement to involve accepting EU rules on competition policy, subsidies, social protection, the environment, or anything similar any more than the EU should be obliged to accept UK rules.” … [Read more...] about Boris Johnson accused of pushing for re-branded No Deal Brexit in hardline speech
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He said: 'Boris may not be interested in the detail of policy but he's not an idiot he's a very bright man and the Cummings thing can only last if Mr Cummings' personal appearances stop and he vanishes and he goes back to being the back room apparatchik which he, of course, you need and what he's supposed to be doing.' … [Read more...] about Dominic Cummings must ‘stop dressing exotically’ and return to being a ‘back room’ operator if he is to survive as Boris Johnson’s top adviser, claims former Tory chancellor Ken Clarke
Priti Patel, the home secretary, was grasping at straws when she said that businesses ought to enlist the 8 million “economically inactive” to plug the gaps. She argued that industry will be forced to increase training of local hires and raise levels of pay to attract UK talent. That may be right, but if the argument works in the unskilled sector then why not apply the same rationale to software coders? And what of the jobs that do not need training or an apprenticeship? The decision by No 10 to hire Prof Alison Wolf to look at local training and education is a sign that such questions are not being left, thankfully, to Ms Patel. … [Read more...] about The Guardian view on a new immigration policy: make it more than tabloid fodder
Take HS2, possibly the most egregious example of the sunk-cost fallacy in living memory, which owes its green light more to a ministerial display of populist chauvinism than due consideration of value for money. Or the vast and so far vague spending pledges associated with “levelling up” of the regions, which the Financial Times says may be practically impossible. Let’s not even get into the lunacy of the Scotland-Northern Ireland bridge. … [Read more...] about Whitehall’s take on Johnson’s reshuffle: this prime minister is insecure
It’s also worth remembering that a similar plan has been tried before. After Gordon Brown took over as prime minister, he visited Michael Bloomberg, who was then mayor of New York. During his visit, Brown was impressed by Bloomberg’s office. The mayor sat in the middle at a control desk and was surrounded by screens and advisers. On his return to London, Brown tried to replicate Bloomberg’s control centre in No 10. I suspect that this office redesign was one of the reasons behind Brown’s downfall. It meant the introverted prime minister was constantly surrounded by people and overwhelmed by information. This made him constantly on-edge, grumpy and increasingly indecisive. … [Read more...] about Will Dominic Cummings turn No 10 into a Nasa-style control centre?