It is vital that MPs consider the serious implications of our current public debt commitments and public debt projections. On current projections, the UK will default on its welfare state commitments, including those related to pensions. We must move our debt projections to a sustainable path. The reports that this briefing looks at highlight the need to take a long-term view of our public finances.
Tags: debt, economics, Liberty, Money, Welfare
Many thanks to the Adam Smith Institute for having me on the Tax Freedom Day panel this evening. I promised I would publish my referenced slides: find them here.
Tags: Ideas, Liberty, Tax, Tax Freedom Day
A leading group of academics from LSE, including former Cabinet Secretary Lord Gus O’Donnell, have today published a report which concludes that the Government’s response to Covid has “been dictated by concerns for lives lost from COVID-19, which represent far too narrow a focus for a full impact assessment.” “Shaping the post-Covid World: Moving towards wellbeing over the lifetime as the unit of analysis in policy” (link below) says that “any policy intervention requires us to capture and quantify all […]
Tags: Coronavirus, Covid-19, Government, Liberty
Following today’s news about vaccine passports: In recent months, the Government has repeatedly denied it is looking at vaccine passports, despite The Telegraph reporting lots of evidence to the contrary. Now James Cleverly appears to have confirmed @elliotttimes piece that they are indeed happening. Go figure… — Harry Yorke (@HarryYorke1) February 5, 2021 Steve Baker MP said, I’m alarmed by the present lack of clarity about vaccine passports as well as the poor level of communication by Government on what […]
Tags: Coronavirus, COVID19, Liberty, Parliament
Epidemiological predictions – Analysis of prior model failure, a presentation provided to ministers on 26 November 2020 further to this report: Summary of methodological issues in epidemiology, all by Mike Hearn, plan99.net.
Tags: Coronavirus, COVID19, Ideas, Liberty, Modelling
This report on the methodological issues in epidemiology was produced by Mike Hearn, a former senior Google software engineer. I have raised the issues it highlights with the Chairs of the Science and Technology Committee, Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee, and the Health and Social Care Committee. I have also raised it with the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care as well as the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster. Find the report here:
Tags: Coronavirus, COVID19, Ideas, Liberty, Mike Hearn, Modelling
This article was originally published with minor edits by the Sunday Telegraph under the headline, “Theresa May’s deal was a Brexit betrayal – but our country and our institutions can arise renewed“. It can be accessed at the Telegraph via bit.ly/WhoGoverns. Since then, the Prime Minister has sought to work with Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party. Here is the unedited version. On Thursday evening, I decided to support the Prime Minister’s Brexit deal. By the grace of God, I changed my mind […]
Tags: Brexit, Democracy, EU, Liberty
PRESS RELEASE 20181008 FROM STEVE BAKER MP – NO EMBARGO Former Brexit minister and ERG Deputy Chairman Steve Baker MP (Wycombe, Con) today released a series of five short videos summarising where we are in the Brexit negotiations. These are intended to inform the public. Steve remembers Maastricht at the age of 21 as a terrible row which hardly anyone seemed to understand. These videos are intended to avoid that problem today. He says, British politics is starting to resemble […]
Tags: Brexit, EU, Liberty, Trade, Video
The EU Tobacco Products Directive looks set to seriously damage the development of the e-cigarette industry. That is likely to diminish the prospects of helping people quit smoking and lead far healthier lives. Researchers from University College London (UCL) have said that: For every million smokers who switched to an e-cigarette we could expect a reduction of more than 6000 premature deaths in the UK each year, even in the event that e-cigarette use carries a significant risk of fatal diseases, and […]
Tags: Bureaucracy, EU, Europe, Incompetence, Liberty, Parliament, Regulation, Vaping, Wycombe
Via the doctor in the house, this video from James McCormack, Choosing Wisely: Could a little entertainment be what is missing from contemporary health education?
Tags: Health, Ideas, Liberty, NHS, Responsibility, Video