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  • March 25, 2009

    Government’s Inflation-Busting

    Mark prepared the following notes for the Opposition Day debate on the government's plans to increase business rates from April. Unfortunately he was called to the Procedure Committee so was unable to participate in the debate....
  • March 17, 2009

    Levelling With The Public About

    “Anyone in management not planning to spend considerably less in the next year is living in cloud cuckoo land.’ This was the bleak, yet candid, commercial assessment of a high profile businessman in my constituency. Most people in the political world accept that the same strictures must apply to government. At some point, some unpalatable […]
  • March 5, 2009

    Mark Visits St Mungo’s

    Mark visited one the St Mungo's Adamson Road project this morning to see first hand the work that is being done to support homeless people who are trying to put their lives back on track...
  • March 5, 2009

    The Truth About Government Expenditure

    Public sector purchasing policy may quicken the pulse of few people. However, it may soon enjoy wider interest. Since my days in business, I have always believed that prudent public sector...
  • February 27, 2009

    The Unacceptable Face Of Capitalism?

    On the day the Royal Bank of Scotland announced the largest annual loss in UK corporate history, paving the way for another huge cash injection by the government (bringing the taxpayers' investment in RBS to £45.5 billion since October)...
  • February 25, 2009

    Calling Time On Unsustainable

    In such turbulent and volatile times it is tempting to suggest that Conservatives should concern themselves more with political positioning than making a cool assessment from economic first principles...
  • February 25, 2009

    Mark Visits Hand & Lock

    This morning Mark visited Hand & Lock, one of our constituency's oldest manufacturers, to see examples of their exquisite embroidery work....
  • February 18, 2009

    The Fallacy of British Jobs For British

    "Today's employment opportunities may well be snapped up by eager young men and women from central Europe, and economic growth may continue apace, but soon, perhaps very soon, there will be a reckoning...
  • February 9, 2009

    A Few Home Truths On Banking

    Our nation needs a thriving financial services sector. The spiritual home of the UK's banking industry is in the City, but its importance as an employer and engine for economic growth extends throughout the land...
  • February 3, 2009

    Where Now For The British Banking

    The dismal plight facing the UK economy naturally brings to mind rousing and inspirational Churchillian rhetoric...