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As many as 70,000 e-scooter trips to work could be made in London each day. Could this be an ingredient in bringing dynamism back to the Central London economy?

July 13, 2020

Last week it became legal to use an e-scooter on UK public roads - provided it is rented from one of the Government-approved schemes that are to be trialled by local councils over the next 12 months. The announcement has been greeted with enthusiasm. The first UK scheme is expected to be up and running next week, in Middlesbrough, and 50 councils across the country have expressed an interest.  …

The Times – Hongkongers could offer £40bn boost to UK economy

July 6, 2020

View the full article here.   The high productivity of Hong Kong citizens and the tendency of migrants to work hard as they establish themselves would add to Britain’s wealth if the government’s special immigration pathway were used, the Centre for Economic and Business Research has said.   The consultancy estimated that mass migration of Hongkongers to the UK could boost the economy by £40 billion.   The foreign secretary has offered…

UK GDP could be boosted by £12-40 billion from migration of skilled Hong Kongers

July 6, 2020

The Foreign Secretary has developed proposals for a bespoke immigration route for the 2.8 million Hong Kong people who currently have the status of being British Nationals (Overseas) and their dependants. They will be granted five years leave to remain in the UK, with the right to work or study; after these five years, they will be able to apply for settled status; and after a further 12 months with settled status, they…

The Express – Britons set to spend eye-watering amount as pubs reopen following lockdown

June 29, 2020

BRITONS are expected to spend £210million at pubs this weekend following the coronavirus lockdown.   After three months since the lockdown was imposed on March 23, people across the country will be able to visit bars and pubs again on July 4. But some landlords will remain closed due to staffing costs and thanks to off-sales that produce good earnings. Experts estimated 6.5 million people will flock to pubs, compared to…

The Times – Rush to bar likely when pubs reopen their doors

June 29, 2020

A third of adults are planning a trip to the pub when they reopen at the weekend in a much-needed boost for landlords, new research predicts.   Takings in English pubs are set to reach £210 million over the July 4 weekend, about 72 per cent higher than the average weekend turnover, according to the Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR).   After more than three months stuck at home, drinkers are expected…

Spending in pubs to reach £210 million during opening weekend, though longer-term industry profitability set to be down by more than 75%

June 29, 2020

Three-and-a-half months since their enforced closure, the great British pub is set to return next weekend. Tastes for alcohol have certainly not subsided during the lockdown, with alcohol stores being one of only two retail channels to see an uptick in sales volumes since the start of the crisis. Nevertheless, the long-awaited call of draught beer, pub lunches, and social interaction will see many substitute home-drinking for a return to…

Article in The Spectator by Douglas McWilliams

June 22, 2020

View the full article here.   Fact check: are Britain’s wealthiest really paying just 20 per cent tax?   Since the turn of the century the share of income tax paid by the 1 per cent with the highest incomes has risen from 21 per cent to 30 per cent. Despite this, some academics claim that the rich avoid tax. A study released last week is a case in point. ‘Wealthiest in…

There are increasing risks of war and famine, to add to that of pestilence

June 22, 2020

Having already suffered pestilence, do we need to look out for the other three apocalyptic horsemen from the Book of Revelations: war, famine and death*?   In the past month, there have been some signs. China and India are facing off in the Himalayas, never a good sign when both parties are nuclear-equipped. Cyberwarfare has allegedly increased 20 -fold during the coronavirus lockdown, and the Australian Prime Minister has announced…

Full Fibre turbocharging the UK

June 19, 2020

The UK’s fibre future is within reach. Together we can create a more connected, productive and competitive economy. We can help ease the ever-increasing demand on our public services and we can transform the way people are able to live and work.   Research by the Centre for Economics and Business Research (Cebr) has shown that Full Fibre could provide a real boost to communities across the country and boost labour…

Get Britain Back to Work

June 12, 2020

The below is an amended version of an article published in the Daily Mail on 10 June.   The economy has started to recover from the depths that it plumbed last month. But it looks likely that, after a bounce as lockdown ends, we may then be stuck for a while at around 85-90pc of normal production.   Now that might not sound too bad, but it is: a 90percent…