Budget 21: Productivity politics

Rachel Reeves responding to the Autumn 21 budget

Yesterday was a far bigger budget than many in the know had expected. Analysis about what it all means for the economy is still trickling though from the Resolution Foundation, IFS and others as I write. On the day, there’s very little economics to be talked about as nobody really knows what’s happening until they’ve…

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‘Please Prime Minister, can we have some more?’

Hands holding an empty bowl

While the Prime Minister has made ‘levelling up’ the centrepiece of his post-Brexit agenda, The Financial Times’ Robert Shrimsley described Mr Johnson’s recent speech to the Conservative Party Conference as “all destination, no plan?” We have, as the PM put it, “one of the most imbalanced societies and lop-sided economies of all the richer countries”. No world beating status here…

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