Chancellor Rishi Sunak offered respite, not a cure, for the economic pains ravaging the country – and public gratitude should go to Labour, not the Conservatives
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After months of hesitation, Rishi Sunak finally acted to help households struggling with the cost of living crisis.
The chancellor deserves no credit for having opened the purse.
With so many people struggling with soaring food and fuel bills, it would have been irresponsible for the government not to provide more support. The package announced today was more generous than expected, but public gratitude should go to Labour, not the Conservatives.
It was Labor who advocated using a windfall tax to raise funds to cushion the financial pain. Just last week, Tory MPs were ordered to vote against the opposition’s plan to impose a levy on oil and gas giants.
The Tories’ subsequent about-face will only reinforce the impression that the government was more interested in shifting Partygate’s agenda than actually helping.
Mr Sunak today offered respite, not a cure, for the economic pains plaguing the country. Many of the measures would not have been necessary if this administration had not cut welfare, mismanaged the economy, and run down our gas storage facilities.
The stench of Partygate will hover over Downing Street as long as Boris Johnson refuses to give a full account of what happened.
The PM has not given a clear answer as to whether senior officials interfered with the release of Sue Gray’s report.
There is also no adequate explanation as to why Ms. Gray dropped her investigation into the “ABBA party” at the Johnsons’ private home.
If the Prime Minister is to put an end to the scandal, he needs to start addressing some of these issues.
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