Despite Nissan’s announcement that it plans to build a massive battery ‘gigafactory’ in Sunderland by 2024, it looks like Labour’s Ben Bradshaw still can’t see the bright side of the Brexit deal. Even when it delivers a huge investment boost and creates thousands of jobs, it’s all still a ‘despite Brexit’ kind of pyrrhic victory for Ben…
Asked on Politics Live whether the announcement is a benefit of the deal, Bradshaw said:
“No, and I don’t think all of its implications and impacts have been felt yet, because we’ve been living in the last 16 months in a world dominated by Covid, and I think lots of the impacts have been concealed by that…constituents who come to me who say we’ve just given up trying to import or export stuff between us and the European Union because of the costs, the hassle, the VAT, and everything else…”
As his co-panelist Ben Bradley points out, however, non-EU exports are up, and investment continues to flood into the UK at the highest levels since the referendum. Guido doubts it’ll make much of a difference to Bradshaw though, who has been miserable for the last 5 years…
In tonight’s LIVE with LITTLEWOOD:
Join the show that brings you free-flowing discussion on the issues that matter with host MARK LITTLEWOOD and guests BEN BRADLEY, the Conservative MP for Mansfield; The Sunday Telegraph’s JANET DALEY; The Telegraph’s OLIVIA UTLEY and Comedian and MoneyWeek columnist DOMINIC FRISBY.
They’ll also be joined by JON CALDARA of Colorado’s Independence Institute; JONATHON KITSON, a fellow at the Adam Smith Institute; JAMES PRICE, President of the Oxford Union, and DUNCAN SIMPSON of the Taxpayers’ Alliance.
Be sure to join in the debate, LIVE – TONIGHT at 6PM – here or on YouTube.
Mansfield’s Ben Bradley is the first* MP to publicly pledge that “if the rumours on a public sector pay freeze are true (and I don’t know whether they are) then needless to say that should include MPs too.”
Jacob Young, the MP for Redcar & Cleveland, says that if the Chancellor “says public sector workers are getting a pay freeze – then I want to be clear, that must include MPs.”
Guido will be contacting MPs to see if who will pledge to freeze their pay in solidarity with the public sector. Ideally the government should find time to simply amend the legislation so that IPSA’s pay rise recommendations can in future be rejected by a straightforward vote on the floor of the Commons. MPs can stop this faux wringing of hands as their pockets are filled with inflation busting pay rises…
In the long term Britain should move to a Singaporean style model for MPs pay – salaries are performance-linked, to ensure that political leaders are accountable for their roles and responsibilities. Pay is benchmarked against high calibre earners’ incomes, then discounted 40% for public service. MPs are paid performance related bonuses on top, with the salaries linked to the socio-economic outcomes of Singaporeans. British MPs’ pay could do with linking to the general prosperity of their voters, the people whose interests they are supposed to represent. If the people prosper, MPs’ pay will rise.
Guido is compiling a tally of MPs who are refusing a pay rise. Are you an MP without their snout in the trough? Email Guido from an @parliament.uk account or with a link to a public statement to join the list of non-wronguns…
Ben Bradley continues to lead the pack of Tory MPs willing to stick their head above the parapet on the current free school meals debate, today telling his constituents that parents of hungry kids could be squandering food vouchers on “scuba gear” in Aldi.
Ben has naturally got flak from the left over this. Guido’s not sure either side is right here – after all, give a poor family a fish and they’ll eat for a day; give a poor family scuba gear and they could catch fish to eat for life…
On tonight’s LIVE with LITTLEWOOD – at the earlier start time of 5.45pm:
Host Mark Littlewood will be joined by Conservative MP Ben Bradley; the Academy of Ideas’ Claire Fox; commentator and YouTuber Mahyar Tousi; journalist Benedict Spence; The Freedom Association’s Andrew Allison and IEA Head of Lifestyle Economics Christopher Snowdon.
Join us LIVE for the issues that matter – TONIGHT at 5.45PM – HERE or on YouTube.
Are white working class boys being left behind?
In a cover story for The Spectator, the IEA’s Christopher Snowdon says the recent protests have forced everyone to have difficult discussions about race, class, poverty and attainment.
But one seemingly “forgotten demographic” in this debate is white working class boys. In his article, he describes how only 13% of white boys from poor backgrounds go on to higher education, less than any black or Asian group.
It might seem divisive to compare different groups, he says. But he points out that attainment in education and in life is relative – and if we’re to help the worst off, we have to know who they are.
He’ll discuss this, along with Ben Bradley, the Conservative MP for Mansfield, in tonight’s Definite Article programme, hosted by IEA Academic and Research Director Syed Kamall.
JOIN IN THE DEBATE – LIVE at 6.00 pm – HERE or on YouTube.