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Our skilful nation

The budget recognised two things. First, that we are on the brink of a technological revolution. Second, it was a budget that recognised that we need to raise our productivity. We have three million more people in jobs than in 2010, but we need to make sure that our productivity growth is strengthened.

There are several ways in which we can do this. One of them is by the provision of the right skills and training and this is why the budget contained important measures to that end. It launched a partnership between three organisations—the government, the CBI and the TUC—to set out the strategic direction for a National Retraining Scheme which will give people the skills they need. This is crucial, as over the next 20-40 years the risks of automation are going to hit many jobs. People have a choice here of obtaining new skills for the future, or of being left behind.

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In Prospect’s January 2018 issue: Five writers attempt to plot the impending advances in shopping, politics, sex, food and computing through 2018. James Plunkett looks at shopping and explains how personalised prices will hand even more power to the big companies; Theo Bertram outlines why political volatility is here to stay and what it means for us; Kate Devlin argues that sex robots are only a part of the impending sexual revolution; Stephanie Boland outlines why we’ll all end up eating lab grown food; and Jay Elwes explains the next steps in our computing quantum leap. Elsewhere in the issue: Dani Rodrik uncovers the truth behind the great globalisation lie—there were always going to be losers, Iona Craig delves into the war in Yemen—the world’s worst humanitarian disaster, Chris Tilbury explains why Britain urgently needs a plan for its failing prisons