The Year Ahead: Colin Davie – A year of dramatic change

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If people thought 2016 was a bumpy year they should have had a couple of extra glasses of sherry over Christmas to prepare for the international turbulence of 2017.

Decisions made by voters on Brexit and by Americans to elect Donald Trump as the 45th US President will feed through as policy changes, very rapidly in the first quarter of 2017.

The ailing economies of Europe will lurch from chaos to collapse as voters return populist anti-EU governments across the continent.

There will be no more business as usual, no more soft left of centre solutions to problems that never get fixed but a new sense of realism and purpose to 2017.

The dynamic global economies, of which the UK and US are both included will put national self interest before the cosy clubs of internationalism.

Consensus will be built from reality of where we are and not from a utopian sense of place. The voters demand that, and expect it to be delivered on both sides of the Atlantic.

The days of global corporations, many of which are American avoiding paying their fair share of tax will be rapidly ended by the new US administration.

Fair business taxes should be paid by all companies making profits, wherever they make them, so our government will need to act in that regard.

The US and UK can jointly have the most pro-business, low-tax policies in the global marketplace and we need to toughen up on corporate tax avoidance.

It is clear that for our country and for Lincolnshire to succeed, we need to be investing more in infrastructure, and the government has started that journey with the Autumn Statement.

We need to up our game on productivity. Businesses need to take advantage of favourable exchange rates to build new export markets but above all we need to equip our young people with the skills they need so they can be the next doctors, engineers and scientists that shape the world they live in.

We need to invest in our future, and all aspects of it, if we are to hand on to the next generation a better, more advanced society than the one we inherited.

I really feel that the last three years have shown how good Lincolnshire can be and how much promise there is for the years ahead.

Both the private and public sector now work well together as we collectively share a Team Lincolnshire approach and market the opportunities of this great county. We must continue that journey of partnership and collaboration in all the sectors important to us.

Above all, in a country and an economy that should work for everyone, we must loudly and clearly say to government that we are no longer prepared to accept this inequality of funding that sees county areas such as ours receive unfair levels of funding, compared to city areas, even though the evidence clearly shows that investing in Lincolnshire delivers an excellent return for government.