Category Archives: Economics

A strange subject to write about for someone who sometimes struggles to add up. However this is economics as it applies to the social and cultural fabric of our lives together.

Huw Merriman discussed small businesses yesterday


Yesterday in the House of Commons a debate took place followed by a vote on the theme of supporting small businesses. It was clear that the votes were not sufficient to adopt the call by the Labour Party to support … Continue reading

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The House of Lords raised two vital themes


Last week in Parliament two very important themes were raised in the House of Lords by Sussex Peers. Sadly, the first of them which related to apprenticeships, raised by Ralph Palmer had some deeply negative comments that I don’t recognise. … Continue reading

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Could Peter Bottomley consider levelling up?


This week appears to be rather quiet in terms of politics as several of the parties have carried out their annual conferences and the others seem not due to do so for several weeks. Yet the House of Commons is … Continue reading

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A disturbing lack of assessment on UC reduction


It is always fascinating when an MP asks the Government a very simple question and their answer opens up a disturbing lack of credibility for the decision that they have made. This question on the £20 a week reduction in … Continue reading

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Why is John Redwood criticising Greta Thunberg?


It is well known that Greta Thunberg gets listened to in public settings. Given that Members of Parliament would like to be listened to we can perhaps raise questions about their commercial settings. Given that John Redwood is an MP … Continue reading

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Will Government ask Small Companies about Apprenticeships?


A few days ago on 26th July, this written question from an MP in Woking called Jonathan Lord was answered by Gillian Keegan who is the MP for Chichester. Whilst all of the words were very good, the challenge is … Continue reading

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As fast as we can – is not genuine Boris


Last week in Prime Ministers Question time Peter Bottomley from West Worthing asked a question about the Foreign Aid situation following the debate and vote which meant that the Government was refusing to go back to 0.7% despite its promise … Continue reading

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Local Skills Improvement Trailblazer for Sussex


Yesterday in the House of Lords, a Government Minister who I happen to have worked with on several occasions made a statement that was part of a debate on amendment 8 as part of the Skills and Post-16 Education Bill. … Continue reading

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Amendment 149 is a very important issue


Last Monday in the House of Lords, Rosie Boycott stood up and expressed her disappointment at her amendment. Of course no doubt the disappointment covered several aspects. One of them would be that the Environment Bill has not already included … Continue reading

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Thank you for opposing your appalling Government


The 2019 Conservative Manifesto stated very clearly as shown here that they would “proudly maintain their commitment to spend 0.7% of our Gross National Income on development and do more to help countries receiving aid become self-sufficient” They never focused … Continue reading

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