Parliament’s wake-up call for Government, the future of tax and David Lidington MP
By Institute for Government
As the 2017-2019 Parliament ends and Britain girds itself for a General Election, how will this Parliament be viewed by history? Has it perhaps done its job better than some people think? Will future governments need to do things differently now that Parliament has flexed its muscles?“Backbenchers have found that they can get together, form coalitions and do things that Government doesn’t want,” says Hannah White. “That’s a real wake-up call for Government.”Plus: The loneliness of the long-distance Cabinet minister. What do potential ministers need to look out for? Could we really get by without a budget at all? And might No Deal come back from the dead at the end of the General Election?Also, our Chief Economist Gemma Tetlow drop in to explain everything you didn’t know - but need to know - about the strange and precarious future of taxation. If good behaviour from the public is bad for the tax base, how will we pay for the things we need? And we speak to David Lidington, the former de facto Prime Minister who’s now stepping down as a Conservative MP, on the lasting legacy of this Parliament.Hosted by Bronwen Maddox with Cath Haddon, Joe Owen, Hannah White and Gavin Freeguard. Audio production by Robin Leeburn at Fairly Media.