So said Chancellor, Philip Hammond on yesterday's Andrew Marr Show. You may not remember this poster from the 1979 Tory campaign. At the time unemployment had hit 1.4 million and Saatchi and Saatchi produced this poster. By February 1984 unemployment had hit 3.28 million! Unemployment stayed at over 2 million until 1997 and fell to under 1.4 … Continue reading There are no unemployed people!
The National Institute of Economic and Social Research has found that Brexit has cost each household in the UK £600 a year. To put that into context that works out at £16B - almost twice what the Office of National Statistics says that the UK contributes to the EU. David Davis also said yesterday in … Continue reading The cost of Brexit
OK so he hasn't actually joined the LibDems - and I'm not sure we'd have him anyway. This morning on Radio 4's Today programme Oliver Letwin suggested that it made sense to have a hypothecated 1p rise in income tax to pay for the NHS and social care. Spookily that was precisely what we suggested … Continue reading Oliver Letwin joins the LibDems!
On Friday the 13th it was really unlucky for Nigel Farage and his fellow Brexiters. The Times published a YouGov poll which showed that 47% now think it is wrong to leave the EU and only 42% think it's right to leave the EU. Women are even stronger remainers with 49% for staying against only 40% for … Continue reading The tide is turning on Brexit
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The Editor of Leave HQ has produced an incredible blog about how he sees Britain after Brexit in the direction the Government is going. Remember this is written by a pro-Leave person! Manufacturing "In the first year or so we are going to lose a lot of manufacturing. Virtually all JIT (just-in-time) export manufacturing will … Continue reading I don’t think this is an April Fool!
The EU and the UK had agreed an interim deal on how to split the existing 'tariff rate quotas'. These allow countries (like New Zealand and the USA) to import goods into the EU at a low tariff until a quantity is reached when a higher tariff kicks in. Despite President Trump saying that the … Continue reading More Brexit woes
According to Richmondshire Today the bus service featured on the BBC's All aboard the Country Bus is under threat again due to withdrawal of funding from North Yorkshire County Council. When will our Tory run County Council realise that these bus services are not options for a lot of people - they are real lifelines for … Continue reading All aboard the Country Bus under threat again
The decision to close Wards 14 & 15 at The Friarage has been delayed until October. Some of us attended the NYCC Health Scrutiny Committee on 2nd September. We found out there that Tees, Esk and Wear Valley Mental Health NHS Trust (TEWV) are also trying to close provision at Harrogate as well. The Committee … Continue reading Wards 14 & 15 – Update
Remember those promises of a wonderful future when we will be able to make our own trade deals with our great ally America? The row about the Bombardier deal with Delta Airlines and the resultant spitting out of the corporate dummy by Boeing has resulted in the US putting a 219.63% tariff onto the aeroplanes. … Continue reading The brave new world!