Blog: December 2019
The votes have been counted and the results are in and we now know that the Conservatives will lead an administration with a mandate strong enough to last for a whole Parliamentary term. The deep question though is whether they can get the economy moving beyond its Brexit impasse and out of the doldrums, in which it has been stuck since the financial crisis. During the campaign we saw the consequences of the Brexit impasse across a raft of policy areas.
The UK minimum wage has been a great success story since its introduction in 1999. Twenty years on, it is at risk of becoming overly politicised in a growing arms race between the two main parties, both eager to claim the credit for boosting the earnings of millions of low-paid workers across Britain.
This piece was first published by Prospect here
The 2019 election campaign is drawing to a close, but rather surprisingly, immigration has fallen the radar during the past month, overshadowed by the broader Brexit process, anti-Semitism, calls for the Prime Minister to be interviewed by Andrew Neil and so on.