“If no one ever took risks, Michelangelo would have painted the Sistine floor.”
Neil Simon, playwright
This week Rishi Sunak will deliver his first Budget where emphasis can be given to the longer-term plans of this Government, rather than Covid-19. Having said that, there’s a massive overhang of debt as a result of the past eighteen months, which represents a significant contingent liability if interest rates were to move sharply upwards.
The advance announcement of changes to National Insurance deductions in order to provide funding for social care and the NHS gives him the opportunity to set out a more forward-looking Budget, and we’ve already seen major investment plans for public transport outside London and the South-East, in order to support the levelling-up agenda.
Drawing on investment from the private sector is a key part of moving forwards, and care will have to be taken not to discourage risk-taking by taxation changes. So please READ ON .. as this week we ask for a proper recognition of the risks that investors take, together with suggesting a useful investment that the Chancellor could make in helping to prepare people better for old age.
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Welcome to Gavin Oldham's full presentation describing his vision for egalitarian capitalism.
The main set of proposals are as follows:
Egalitarian Capitalism is an alternative to socialism which, while fostering and encouraging enterprise for all, acts to involve and empower people right across society and especially the young.