The leaked Government report shows that, in the scenarios of staying in the Customs Union, negotiating a free-trade deal or dropping out with no deal, our growth over the next 15 years would be up to 8% lower. The best case, staying in the Customs Union, would still leave us 2% worse off than staying in … Continue reading We’re going to be worse off – we just don’t know how much
On January 13th the Tories claimed that they had banned credit card charges. They even produced this onliune ad. Theresa May also tweeted that they were "banning hidden charges" and the move would enable "millions of people avoid rip-off fees". The truth is more interesting. The EU passed the Payment Services Directive II on November … Continue reading On no they didn’t!
Theresa May's bold plan to end avoidable plastic waste by 2042 is just kicking the can down the street. Bearing in mind that this plan was first promised 3 years ago to wait another 25 years to get rid of "avoidable plastic waste" is ridiculous. The whole point is that it's avoidable. That great bastion … Continue reading The planet can’t wait 25 years!
55,000 operations have been cancelled in the last month and 16,900 people had to wait outside A&E in ambulances for an excessive time between Christmas and New Year. Against a target of 95% only 81% of patients were seen in A&E within the target time of 4 hours. On top of this, in October, Jeremy Hunt … Continue reading The reward for failure
The continuing woes for RBS has resulted in the announcement of the closure of lots of bank branches and the NatWest in Richmond is one of the victims. That's the second bank to go in the town this year. Banks can close branches with little risk because you are more likely to get divorced than … Continue reading NatWest in Richmond
Over the next week or two, Richmond residents will get a copy of our Focus newsletter. If you can't wait you can download a copy here It gives an update on The Friarage hospital mental health wards consultation plus the results of our Richmond business 'temperature check'. We'll be covering more of Richmondshire in the … Continue reading Focusing on Richmond
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