Chancellor

Remember levelling up Rishi?

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Jim looks at the implications of the Chancellor’s statement on the Levelling Up agenda and the date of the next General Election.

Cheery defiance to the gathering storm

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Jim asks if the Chancellor’s breezy Budget optimism is justified and the difficulty Labour has in opposing a high spending, high taxing government.

Does Debt Matter?

In his 400th blog for Downtown, Jim asks how the huge bill for Covid-19 is going to be paid for. Some experts say let the deficit take care of itself, but Jim thinks some tax rises are inevitable.

There is a magic money tree after all

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The Tories have found the magic money tree that Theresa May said didn’t exist. But in his Budget review, Jim asks if there is underlying unease in the Tory Party about this dramatic switch from austerity to a bonanza of spending.