The Conservatives' mission must be to give control back to the people from the state - The Telegraph

"Take Back Control” was the Brexit clarion call. Politicians must heed the demand. 2019 will see us return many powers from Brussels to Westminster. But this year we should honour that command domestically, too. 

People won’t want powers being handed back from bureaucrats in Brussels to be given to bureaucrats in Britain. Our aim should be to give the British people greater control of their lives in all regards. In practical terms, that requires a three-pronged agenda: combatting Jeremy Corbyn’s ideas for a state-on-steroids; delivering a growing economy; and finding more areas in which we can transfer powers from the government to the people. 

The stakes are high. Commentators, riffing off shadow chancellor John McDonnell, talk about the turn against free markets. In the abstract, capitalism is unpopular. But free markets are an expression of free will. As the Sunday Telegraph’s bold Campaign for Capitalism has highlighted, markets allow people to make their own choices, and to own their futures, rather than be told what to do by a distant authority. 

Despite Labour’s fetish for nationalisation, most of the services Britons love are privately provided, from coffee shops to Spotify. Choice is a national instinct. This capitalist bedrock of our prosperity and security is threatened by a Labour Party that wants to overthrow the whole system. 

As free-marketeers, Conservatives should unashamedly pitch this battle as one of freedom versus Corbyn’s control. We should pitch to the young who are setting up more businesses, and who want more personal responsibility and lower taxes than their forebears. We should back the power of new tech to transform lives and empower individuals, and resist those who want to shackle it. Business should join us. We are fighting a Labour Party whose avowed enemy is capitalist bosses, whose instinct is to see income as a common pool resource, and whose leading figures find profit morally repugnant. 

But to do so requires us to be true to our ideals. We have a responsibility to give people greater control today. The best way to do so is to increase their financial well-being, in turn giving them more spending power and choice on how to govern their lives. 

Traditionally, Conservatives have argued that low taxes are a route to self-determination. I agree. It is vital we keep taxes low and the size of the state in check, to allow people to spend more of their own money. And even if we opted otherwise, it’s bad politics to think we could ever win a spending bidding war with Labour. 

But with fiscal pressures to come from ageing, the far more important challenge is to raise growth rates as high as possible. With strong growth, all other challenges become easier – from the public finances, to the fact that with greater personal financial security comes better public health and an improved environment. 

This year’s Spending Review will set government budgets from 2020; and it’s vital that, accompanied with supply-side reforms, we use it as a catalyst to unleash the economy. 

We will conduct a zero-based capital review – examining all major investment projects across government and judging their contribution to future prosperity. We will also look at how budgets contribute to human capital, including how much they genuinely boost aspiration and opportunity. 

In reviewing this evidence, we must be prepared to junk the white elephants, the programmes that haven’t worked, and roll back mission creep, where government involves itself in areas the private sector can deliver. Growth and bang-for-buck must take precedence. 

Maximising the size of the economy is about much more than just effective spending and taxes. Fast growth requires getting into the weeds of regulatory and competition policy, and taking on the vested interests that often shape policies to their own benefit, at the expense of consumers. 

"Take Back Control” was the Brexit clarion call. Politicians must heed the demand. 2019 will see us return many powers from Brussels to Westminster. But this year we should honour that command domestically, too. 

People won’t want powers being handed back from bureaucrats in Brussels to be given to bureaucrats in Britain. Our aim should be to give the British people greater control of their lives in all regards. In practical terms, that requires a three-pronged agenda: combatting Jeremy Corbyn’s ideas for a state-on-steroids; delivering a growing economy; and finding more areas in which we can transfer powers from the government to the people. 

The stakes are high. Commentators, riffing off shadow chancellor John McDonnell, talk about the turn against free markets. In the abstract, capitalism is unpopular. But free markets are an expression of free will. As the Sunday Telegraph’s bold Campaign for Capitalism has highlighted, markets allow people to make their own choices, and to own their futures, rather than be told what to do by a distant authority. 

Despite Labour’s fetish for nationalisation, most of the services Britons love are privately provided, from coffee shops to Spotify. Choice is a national instinct. This capitalist bedrock of our prosperity and security is threatened by a Labour Party that wants to overthrow the whole system. 

As free-marketeers, Conservatives should unashamedly pitch this battle as one of freedom versus Corbyn’s control. We should pitch to the young who are setting up more businesses, and who want more personal responsibility and lower taxes than their forebears. We should back the power of new tech to transform lives and empower individuals, and resist those who want to shackle it. Business should join us. We are fighting a Labour Party whose avowed enemy is capitalist bosses, whose instinct is to see income as a common pool resource, and whose leading figures find profit morally repugnant. 

But to do so requires us to be true to our ideals. We have a responsibility to give people greater control today. The best way to do so is to increase their financial well-being, in turn giving them more spending power and choice on how to govern their lives. 

Traditionally, Conservatives have argued that low taxes are a route to self-determination. I agree. It is vital we keep taxes low and the size of the state in check, to allow people to spend more of their own money. And even if we opted otherwise, it’s bad politics to think we could ever win a spending bidding war with Labour. 

But with fiscal pressures to come from ageing, the far more important challenge is to raise growth rates as high as possible. With strong growth, all other challenges become easier – from the public finances, to the fact that with greater personal financial security comes better public health and an improved environment. 

This year’s Spending Review will set government budgets from 2020; and it’s vital that, accompanied with supply-side reforms, we use it as a catalyst to unleash the economy. 

We will conduct a zero-based capital review – examining all major investment projects across government and judging their contribution to future prosperity. We will also look at how budgets contribute to human capital, including how much they genuinely boost aspiration and opportunity. 

In reviewing this evidence, we must be prepared to junk the white elephants, the programmes that haven’t worked, and roll back mission creep, where government involves itself in areas the private sector can deliver. Growth and bang-for-buck must take precedence. 

Maximising the size of the economy is about much more than just effective spending and taxes. Fast growth requires getting into the weeds of regulatory and competition policy, and taking on the vested interests that often shape policies to their own benefit, at the expense of consumers.

"Take Back Control” was the Brexit clarion call. Politicians must heed the demand. 2019 will see us return many powers from Brussels to Westminster. But this year we should honour that command domestically, too. 

People won’t want powers being handed back from bureaucrats in Brussels to be given to bureaucrats in Britain. Our aim should be to give the British people greater control of their lives in all regards. In practical terms, that requires a three-pronged agenda: combatting Jeremy Corbyn’s ideas for a state-on-steroids; delivering a growing economy; and finding more areas in which we can transfer powers from the government to the people. 

The stakes are high. Commentators, riffing off shadow chancellor John McDonnell, talk about the turn against free markets. In the abstract, capitalism is unpopular. But free markets are an expression of free will. As the Sunday Telegraph’s bold Campaign for Capitalism has highlighted, markets allow people to make their own choices, and to own their futures, rather than be told what to do by a distant authority. 

Despite Labour’s fetish for nationalisation, most of the services Britons love are privately provided, from coffee shops to Spotify. Choice is a national instinct. This capitalist bedrock of our prosperity and security is threatened by a Labour Party that wants to overthrow the whole system. 

As free-marketeers, Conservatives should unashamedly pitch this battle as one of freedom versus Corbyn’s control. We should pitch to the young who are setting up more businesses, and who want more personal responsibility and lower taxes than their forebears. We should back the power of new tech to transform lives and empower individuals, and resist those who want to shackle it. Business should join us. We are fighting a Labour Party whose avowed enemy is capitalist bosses, whose instinct is to see income as a common pool resource, and whose leading figures find profit morally repugnant. 

But to do so requires us to be true to our ideals. We have a responsibility to give people greater control today. The best way to do so is to increase their financial well-being, in turn giving them more spending power and choice on how to govern their lives. 

Traditionally, Conservatives have argued that low taxes are a route to self-determination. I agree. It is vital we keep taxes low and the size of the state in check, to allow people to spend more of their own money. And even if we opted otherwise, it’s bad politics to think we could ever win a spending bidding war with Labour. 

But with fiscal pressures to come from ageing, the far more important challenge is to raise growth rates as high as possible. With strong growth, all other challenges become easier – from the public finances, to the fact that with greater personal financial security comes better public health and an improved environment. 

This year’s Spending Review will set government budgets from 2020; and it’s vital that, accompanied with supply-side reforms, we use it as a catalyst to unleash the economy. 

We will conduct a zero-based capital review – examining all major investment projects across government and judging their contribution to future prosperity. We will also look at how budgets contribute to human capital, including how much they genuinely boost aspiration and opportunity. 

In reviewing this evidence, we must be prepared to junk the white elephants, the programmes that haven’t worked, and roll back mission creep, where government involves itself in areas the private sector can deliver. Growth and bang-for-buck must take precedence. 

Maximising the size of the economy is about much more than just effective spending and taxes. Fast growth requires getting into the weeds of regulatory and competition policy, and taking on the vested interests that often shape policies to their own benefit, at the expense of consumers. 

"Take Back Control” was the Brexit clarion call. Politicians must heed the demand. 2019 will see us return many powers from Brussels to Westminster. But this year we should honour that command domestically, too. 

People won’t want powers being handed back from bureaucrats in Brussels to be given to bureaucrats in Britain. Our aim should be to give the British people greater control of their lives in all regards. In practical terms, that requires a three-pronged agenda: combatting Jeremy Corbyn’s ideas for a state-on-steroids; delivering a growing economy; and finding more areas in which we can transfer powers from the government to the people. 

The stakes are high. Commentators, riffing off shadow chancellor John McDonnell, talk about the turn against free markets. In the abstract, capitalism is unpopular. But free markets are an expression of free will. As the Sunday Telegraph’s bold Campaign for Capitalism has highlighted, markets allow people to make their own choices, and to own their futures, rather than be told what to do by a distant authority. 

Despite Labour’s fetish for nationalisation, most of the services Britons love are privately provided, from coffee shops to Spotify. Choice is a national instinct. This capitalist bedrock of our prosperity and security is threatened by a Labour Party that wants to overthrow the whole system. 

As free-marketeers, Conservatives should unashamedly pitch this battle as one of freedom versus Corbyn’s control. We should pitch to the young who are setting up more businesses, and who want more personal responsibility and lower taxes than their forebears. We should back the power of new tech to transform lives and empower individuals, and resist those who want to shackle it. Business should join us. We are fighting a Labour Party whose avowed enemy is capitalist bosses, whose instinct is to see income as a common pool resource, and whose leading figures find profit morally repugnant. 

But to do so requires us to be true to our ideals. We have a responsibility to give people greater control today. The best way to do so is to increase their financial well-being, in turn giving them more spending power and choice on how to govern their lives. 

Traditionally, Conservatives have argued that low taxes are a route to self-determination. I agree. It is vital we keep taxes low and the size of the state in check, to allow people to spend more of their own money. And even if we opted otherwise, it’s bad politics to think we could ever win a spending bidding war with Labour. 

But with fiscal pressures to come from ageing, the far more important challenge is to raise growth rates as high as possible. With strong growth, all other challenges become easier – from the public finances, to the fact that with greater personal financial security comes better public health and an improved environment. 

This year’s Spending Review will set government budgets from 2020; and it’s vital that, accompanied with supply-side reforms, we use it as a catalyst to unleash the economy. 

We will conduct a zero-based capital review – examining all major investment projects across government and judging their contribution to future prosperity. We will also look at how budgets contribute to human capital, including how much they genuinely boost aspiration and opportunity. 

In reviewing this evidence, we must be prepared to junk the white elephants, the programmes that haven’t worked, and roll back mission creep, where government involves itself in areas the private sector can deliver. Growth and bang-for-buck must take precedence. 

Maximising the size of the economy is about much more than just effective spending and taxes. Fast growth requires getting into the weeds of regulatory and competition policy, and taking on the vested interests that often shape policies to their own benefit, at the expense of consumers.