Kate Andrews, Associate Editor at the Institute of Economic Affairs has appeared on BBC Politics Live alongside Conservative MP James Borkenshire and journalists Owen Jones and Ian Birrel.
You can watch the whole programme here.
On Transport for London’s Uber ban
“This refusal to renew the licence is an effective ban. It’s going to hurt the tens of thousands of drivers, that are usually from minority communities, immigrants, who are going to struggle to get work. It will hurt over three million frequent users of the app, who used to not be able to just jump into a black cab because it was prohibitively expensive. They now have an option that improves their standard of living. It’s a huge overreach by TfL yet again and it’s going to hurt drivers and consumers.
“A lot of people value the benefit of flexible working, and are not just using it for their full employment but rather as a top-up. And there isn’t a level playing field. If you look at the number of regulatory compliance that Uber have (or had) attached to their licence compared to similar apps in the sector, it’s more than double. This is a targeted attempt to go after one app that has been successful because its drivers and its consumers are benefiting from what it’s bringing to the market. And I know that means black cabs have to be more competitive but that’s good news for consumers and it’s good news for drivers that they have different options.”
On youth support for the Labour Party
“Back in 2017, there wasn’t the “youth-quake” that many people thought there would be back in 2017. But what was clear, is that young people did support Jeremy Corbyn but there wasn’t this massive outpouring of votes as was originally predicted. I can absolutely understand why young people don’t want to be saddled with that debt when they leave university. Tuition fees came in very quickly and didn’t give people time to prepare.
“Labour’s manifesto is to borrow – without any level of exaggeration – hundreds and hundreds of billions. I mean just throwing all throwing all kinds of fiscal responsibility out of the window which will be paid back by future generations! If you are a young person, if you are watching how demographics are changing, the demands on the NHS, you don’t want a leader to come in and spend all your future tax money right now, you’re going to pay back.”
On the Labour Party’s anti-Semitism record
“Everyone should care about the comments made by the Chief Rabbi today. I can’t honestly believe that Jeremy Corbyn couldn’t have seen the antisemitism that was just so blaring in that mural. And if it was the case that he couldn’t see it, could he read it in J. A. Hobson’s ‘Imperialism a Study’, which he wrote a forward to in 2011 to revive a century-old book that was full of antisemitic comments. Was he able to read it if he couldn’t see it?
“The issue here is that, while the words in their manifesto, might resonate with some, actions speak so much louder. The failure to act on what is thought to be more than over 100 complaints about antisemitism, the failure to see it, the failure to be able to read it, would suggest there is an ingrained issue here. And it should matter to all of us.”