Blow for Hammond as borrowing widens amid consumer slowdown – Sky News

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English: East entrance of HM Treasury Français : Entrée Est de HM Treasury (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Sky News reports that stalling VAT receipts held back UK Treasury revenues last month in the latest sign that higher inflation is holding back spending.

Blow for Hammond as borrowing widens amid consumer slowdown

At last, UK consumers have spotted the elephant in the room, Brexit will be seriously painful. On the back of higher prices, consumers have held back on expenditure. Another reason for Theresa May‘s to call a snap election, was to get in before the economy soured significantly.

This blog has consistently argued the risk of the economic downside following Brexit. The absence of detailed policies, costings and risk analysis in the Conservative Party 2017 Manifesto is deeply worrying. I am surprised that the media hasn’t yet focused on the downside risk, worst-case scenario of a hard-Brexit.

For sure the chickens will come home to roost.

I fear that Theresa May and her ministers will make a mess of Brexit negotiations but it’s not clear if the Conservatives will be ready to replace a sitting prime minister.

Am I being too pessimistic?

Thoughts?

Election manifestos: In Britain, the state is back | The Economist

A ballot box with a current event-clock

A ballot box with a current event-clock (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This is an excellent read from the Economist. It reports that the three main parties are proposing very different policies. Yet it argues that they have a common thread: a more intrusive role for government

Election manifestos: In Britain, the state is back | The Economist

This is by far the best comparison of alternative policies that I have read so far.

What alarms me though is the overwhelming absence of strategy, detailed costings and risk analysis. May still looks set to win the election but the consequences of her policies will be felt for generations.

As a passionate believer in individualism with effective social nets, I believe that the Conservative Party Manifesto 2017 has lost its way, without an overarching strategy, just different flavours of jam for UKIP and Labour supporters. It’s a sham.

Is Theresa May just a wolf in sheep’s clothing?

Thoughts?