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Five radical ideas for the Tories

By: Matthew Lynn
06/05/2017
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It’s hard to see how the Conservatives could lose the general election
With a 20-point lead in the opinion polls, no sign of Remainers flocking to the Lib Dems, and Labour in complete disarray, it’s hard to see how the general election can be lost by the Conservatives. That is an opportunity. The Tories can throw caution and political calculation to the wind and put some genuinely radical policies into their manifesto without worrying about losing the odd vote as a result. So they could promise to remove restrictions on fracking. Ditch planning rules to allow more homes to be built. Strip the BBC back to a core public service of news and arts programmes. Here are five other good places to start.

1. A unilateral declaration of free trade

Instead of spending years trying to work out a tortuously complicated trade deal with the EU, just say that the UK will be completely open to trade from anywhere, with zero tariffs, and no restrictions beyond basic compliance with our health and safety rules. If we make our market completely open, then it is then up to the EU to decide whether they want to impose restrictions on our exporters or not – but we will have seized the moral high ground. Over time, the EU is likely to allow our companies free access to its market as well.

2. Introduce charges for every visit to a GP

The NHS is unaffordable in the long run, so why not set about fixing it? To anyone who is working, and not on any form of tax credit or benefits, charging £10 to see a doctor, with any subsequent treatment after that still completely free, is hardly the end of the world. It would reduce time-wasting visits, and transform the finances of the organisation – as well as making it a bit more customer-orientated.

3. Rip up the green belt

London is our most successful economic entity – indeed, it is arguably the most successful economic entity in the world. Many of our other great cities, such as Manchester and Edinburgh, are also doing well. But they need space to expand. You wouldn’t put a cap on the size of your most successful companies, so why put a cap on the size of your most successful cities? They need space to build new offices, shops, and homes. By all means protect other areas so there is no net impact on the environment. But it doesn’t make sense to maintain dull fields around our most successful cities – if they can grow faster, so will the economy.

4. Merge income tax and national insurance into a single rate

There is no point pretending that NI insures you against anything. It is simply a backdoor tax, and one that allows chancellors to pretend they are not raising tax when they are. It enables the self-employed to pay less tax than they should, and fools people into thinking the basic rate is a lot less than it really is. Just get rid of it once and for all. People would then know what they were paying and that would make government more accountable.

5. Put devolution into reverse

All the evidence suggests that devolution has led to worse government for Scotland and Wales. In both countries, education standards have plummeted, Wales remains one of the poorest parts of the country, and Scotland’s growth rate has started to slip way behind the rest of the UK. Even worse, the SNP administration is now running a never-ending campaign for independence, stoking resentment of England. Here’s a simple solution. Offer the Scots a second referendum on independence, but if they turn it down, insist there will be less power for the devolved administration. Likewise, re-run the referendum that created the Welsh Assembly, this time with the aim of abolishing it. The half-way house is unworkable. If countries want to stay in the Union, it needs to work better.

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Won't happen now.

The red hot favourite for the big race on 8th June - "Strong and Stable" - has been found to be lame in the stable.
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Every entry into the big race is 'lame in the stable'. The Jockey Club would never allow a race to take place under these circumstances. Whoever is elected the punters lose. I'm not even placing a bet.

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Just think. If Corbyn is the new PM and drops dead from the shock of winning, we could end up with Diane Abbott running the country. :roll: :roll:

Now that would be a blydi nightmare.

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Now Pen, behave yourself. Even St John the Divine didn't go that far in the Book of Revelations. You know how to give a man sleepless nights.

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:lol: :lol: :lol:

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horrifying but look at secretary of defence on wiki, Nia Griffiths OMG

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At least we won't end up with Nigel Fartage in the Commons. There may be a god.

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The best laid plans of mice and men........

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yep she certain screwed that up. saving grace DUP and that is 10 full out brexiteers

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