The Conservatives may have shifted their spending priorities, but Labour can still outspend them on the economy.
This is a huge opportunity for Labour: a packet of Skips and a pint with manufacturers, supermarkets, retailers, and small and medium-sized businesses, rather than a prawn cocktail offensive in the City.
Lucky generals are a term used to describe some leaders.
They don’t include Sir Keir Starmer.
Since I tried out the personal shopping service at John Lewis, I’ve tested positive for Covid minutes before heading into the chamber for PMQs and then the most significant fiscal event of the year.
(This, too, involved a high-spending budget and a lot of optimism.)
Missing it was a blessing in disguise.
Responding to the Budget as Labour leader is a thankless task.
You’ve spent hours, if not days, crafting a speech in which you don’t have many answers, and as soon as you stand up, all of the senior political journalists rush out to get the Treasury team’s briefing.
In politics, it’s rare to feel powerless and irrelevant.
Responding to Conservative budgets is particularly difficult because there is an undeniable bias in the media and public that assumes greater economic competence with Conservative chancellors – particularly when they are as slick as Rishi Sunak, whose political brand dominance continues unchallenged.
He’s capable of suiting up and getting his boots on.
He knows how to do a slider.
While stroking a dog, he can pretend to read a document.
I’m looking forward to the HMT official Zoolander calendar, which will feature our Chancellor recreating that iconic Athena poster in which he cradles a newborn.
Labour is still trying to figure out how to portray this new hesitant big-state Chancellor.
The party is correct in reminding people that, regardless of who is in charge, Conservative governments have presided over a low-growth economy exacerbated by austerity, which means that public services and the state – from health to the courts to schools – are in desperate need of emergency funding.
The economy is recovering from the pandemic, allowing Sunak to spend more freely, but this does not address the deeper structural issues of skills, training, investment, and regional imbalances.
Labour must make a case for investing in people, technology, industry, and infrastructure, including childcare.
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The Conservatives may have changed their minds about spending, but Labour can still outspend them on the economy.
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