Chris Mason takes swipe at Boris Johnson and Rishi Sunak
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Last week, Prime Minister Boris Johnson scrapped all remaining Covid restrictions in England, raising hope much-needed momentum could be pumped back into the economy. The UK’s gross domestic product (GDP) was estimated to have grown by 0.9 percent in November 2021 and is above its pre-Covid pandemic level for the first time, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS). But Rishi Sunak and the Government is coming under huge pressure to scrap a planned £12billion tax rise in April amid growing fears it could send the cost of living, with the 1.25 percent rise in National Insurance contributions drawing much criticism.
The recent tax hike announcements from Mr Sunak mean Britain is now on course for its highest overall tax burden since 1950.
The Chancellor also recently confirmed a temporary freeze to the state pension triple lock in a major blow for millions of people throughout the country.
Now in the latest Express.co.uk poll, Britons have hit back at the Chancellor, with a huge 85 percent (4,608 readers) raging he has not done a good job with the UK economy.
Just 10 percent (551 readers) voting in his favour. Four percent (240 readers) were undecided.
Commenting on the poll, Express.co.uk reader “3downnotout” raged: “Wouldn’t trust him with children’s pocket money, let alone the economy!”
Fellow reader “banjobill” fumed: Scrapping the State Pension Triple Lock was bad enough but to then write off £4.5billion lost to fraudsters in Covid payouts and loans that will never be paid back is absolutely unbelievable.
“If anyone should be voted out by the backbenchers it is Sunak.”
“ScotsLass” wrote: “Doing a good job? Are you joking!
“Wanting to write off the billions in furlough fraud that we are all going to pay for.
“The NI hike he is bringing in. The triple lock – unlocked. The manifesto pledge on VAT.
“At a time when we are facing brutal cost increases.
“Jog on Sunak. If you are eyeing up No. 10, think again!”
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“DaemonStorm” simply commented: “Sunak is doing a terrible job! The taxman is a joke!”
This comes with both Mr Sunak and Mr Johnson going on the front foot by confirming the 1.25 percent rise in National Insurance contributions will definitely go ahead in April.
Writing in The Sunday Times, they said: “We must clear the Covid backlogs, with our plan for health and social care – and now is the time to stick to that plan.
“We must go ahead with the health and care levy. It is the right plan.
“It is progressive, in the sense that the burden falls most on those who can most afford it.
“Every single penny of that £39 billion will go on these crucial objectives – including nine million more checks, scans and operations, and 50,000 more nurses, as well as boosting social care.”
Mr Johnson and Mr Sunak insisted they are both “tax-cutting Conservatives”, but there is “no magic money tree”.
They continued: “We believe passionately that people are the best judges of how to spend their own money,” they said.
“We want to get through this Covid-driven phase, and get on with our agenda, of taking advantage of our new post-Brexit freedoms to turn the UK into the enterprise centre of Europe and the world.
“We want lighter, better, simpler regulation, especially in those new technologies in which the UK excels.
“We are also Thatcherites, in the sense that we believe in sound money. There is no magic money tree.”
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