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Adam Hawksbee: An electoral pitch based on passive economic policy is a path to defeat in 2024

The House Magazine

Deputy Director Adam Hawksbee wrote for The House Magazine on the role of levelling up in the Conservative leadership contest. He writes:

“The Conservative leadership contest has been notable not for what the candidates have said, but for what they haven’t.

“Britain is 10 years into a low growth trap, facing a recession, approaching an inflationary storm, and no one has a clear economic vision for how to fix it.

“[…] This is the real debate the Conservative party should be having, obscured by talk of high taxes or low taxes. On one side, a passive economic policy that says the state needs to get out of the way. On the other, an intentional economic policy that believes the state has a key role in both boosting and better distributing economic growth in the 21st century. And this debate can’t wait – on the United Kingdom’s current economic growth trajectory, we will be overtaken by Poland in 12 years.”

Read the full piece here.

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