Sign up for the View from Westminster email for expert analysis straight to your inbox Get our free View from Westminster email Benjamin Zander, the conductor, taught his students not to swear when they made a mistake, but to say: “How fascinating.” This is good advice for political commentators too. I didn’t think Liz Truss would win the Conservative leadership election, and I didn’t think that, having won it, she would stick in government to her policy of tax cuts for the rich. She didn’t just stick to it, though, she went further. In the closing stages of the leadership campaign she dismissed a chart showing that the better-off would gain most from cutting national insurance contributions by saying she was just putting things back to where they were before Rishi Sunak’s tax rise. But on Friday, her chancellor, Kwasi Kwarteng, cut the top rate of income tax for people earning more than £150,000 a year. That wasn’t reversing a recent tax … [Read more...] about How fascinating – Tory Corbynism is likely to be as successful as the Labour version
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LBC listener calls for Boris Johnson to return as PM SUBSCRIBE Invalid email We use your sign-up to provide content in ways you've consented to and to improve our understanding of you. This may include adverts from us and 3rd parties based on our understanding. You can unsubscribe at any time. More info A poll published earlier this week showed that 49 percent of Tory supporters thought Mr Johnson should remain Prime Minister. This is more than the combined support seen by both Ms Truss and Mr Sunak. Just 20 per cent of respondents supported Mr Sunak. Related articles Poll result: Keir Starmer’s time is up – ‘Labour need makeover’ Nicola Sturgeon hammerblow as SNP membership plunges by nearly a FIFTH Meanwhile, 18 percent of those polled supported Truss. The remaining 12 percent of respondents were undecided. The latest polling is in stark contrast to public opinion at the time of Mr Johnson's resignation. … [Read more...] about Liz Truss and Rishi Sunak sent warning as Tory voters want Boris to stay – NEW POLL
The Prime Minister, Liz Truss , writing in The Mail on Sunday today, makes a basic Conservative point: ‘People know better than any government what to do with their hard-earned money.’ It is astonishing that this needs to be restated so often, but it is the key division in all politics. Does the State exist to boss people around, to tell them how best to spend their earnings – and to take it from them to ensure that they do what the ruling elite wants? Or should our rulers do the utmost to liberate and encourage the talents and energy of all, so that our society becomes prosperous and so able to afford the key spending which makes civilisation possible? Once, this was glaringly obvious. The world could see the contrast between the US, where people largely kept their own money and the State was happy with that, and the USSR, where the State controlled almost everything. The outcome was in many ways the opposite of what the Left preached and expected. In the USSR a tiny elite … [Read more...] about MAIL ON SUNDAY COMMENT: The PM’s bold action finally offers us a route to prosperity
Brexit: 'The problem is us' says Nigel Farage SUBSCRIBE Invalid email We use your sign-up to provide content in ways you've consented to and to improve our understanding of you. This may include adverts from us and 3rd parties based on our understanding. You can unsubscribe at any time. More info The Government has launched a scaleup visa for businesses to sponsor high-skill tech workers for a two-year stay to encourage more talent into the country and plug the digital skills gap. Businesses that meet the requirements can apply to sponsor individuals working in roles such as software development, engineering and science. Successful applicants will be granted a two-year stay without further sponsorship - a step up from the temporary worker visas that have a six-month maximum. After five years, applicants can apply for settlement. The visa – formally known as the “Scale-up visa” – comes as part of the government’s post-Brexit revamp of the UK’s … [Read more...] about Brexit: Britain announces new visa change in major immigration shake-up
The end of the Second Elizabethan Age, the end of an incredible week in our country's history, the end of a time that none of us will ever forget. Especially Holly and Phil, the ITV daytime television hosts who have gone from heroes to zeros, from morning-sofa messiahs to stone-cold pariahs in less than seven days. Their crime ? To skip the queue. I know! They skipped the queue to see the Queen lying in state at Westminster. In this country, queue-skipping carries a maximum penalty of six years in celebrity jail, plus cancellation of upcoming panto appearances and any ancillary money-making schemes. Will Holly Willoughby 's fans ever feel quite the same way again about paying forty quid for a bottle of her Wild perfume, with its top notes of shame and embarrassment? Can Phillip Schofield really carry on being 'one of this country's most loved television presenters' as it says on, um, his own official website? Will the pair of them really be sacked? I hope not. Come on. … [Read more...] about JAN MOIR: A to Z of the queue jump hoo-ha that’s seen Holly & Phil go from morning-sofa messiahs to stone-cold pariahs
Liz Truss is planning to increase migrant numbers to Britain by loosening immigration rules as part of her mission to boost economic growth. The Prime Minister is facing resistance from her cabinet colleagues to a move that would see labour shortages plugged by allowing businesses to recruit more overseas workers. Suella Braverman , the Home Secretary, Kemi Badenoch , the Trade Secretary, and Jacob Rees-Mogg , the Business Secretary, are hesistant to give their backing, the Times reported. It is understood that Nadhim Zahawi, the Cabinet Office minister, who chaired a meeting on the proposals, is also in favour along with Ranil Jayawardena, the Environment Secretary, and Kwasi Kwarteng, the Chancellor. Businesses have been frustrated that the visa system for skilled work has not been responsive enough to shortages they have experienced and Ms Truss has faced industry demands for more migrant workers. Liz Truss (pictured in parliament with Treasury Minister … [Read more...] about Gung-ho PM Liz Truss splits cabinet with plan to increase migrant numbers in bid to boost UK economy amid labour shortages
It was the most radical financial statement for decades. Now Liz Truss and Kwasi Kwarteng will be hoping their tax cuts, economic reforms and freezing of energy bills help to reverse the cost of living crisis and the Conservatives’ fortunes. This weekend, there were glimmers of hope for Downing Street in the early reactions of some of the voters who had initially spoken about their fears for the coming months in focus groups and interviews conducted for this newspaper before Ms Truss’s arrival in Downing Street. The voters, from working class households, who backed the Conservatives in 2019 had spoken of the growing pressure of rising food and energy prices. In discussions led by Public First, an opinion research firm, several said that their choice at the next election would depend on Ms Truss’s handling of the cost of living crisis. Ben, from Gomersal, West Yorks, who works in IT and previously described himself as “anxious” over rising energy and food costs, said of … [Read more...] about Voters give Truss’s reforms a cautious welcome, but cost of living will be the true test
THE new Chancellor addressed MPs on Friday, September 23, 2022, to announce his financial plans under Liz Truss' government. Kwasi Kwarteng announced the creation of low-tax investment zones - here we explain what that means. What is an investment zone? Investment zones are areas chosen by the government that will benefit from lower taxes and reduced planning restrictions. During her Tory leadership campaign, PM Liz Truss said that investment zones would be central for her plans to boost growth. Chancellor Kwarteng addressed the matter during his mini-budget speech to fellow MPs on Friday, September 23, 2022. He told the House of Commons : "To support growth right across the country, we need to go further, with targeted action in local areas. Read More on Money GOOD MOVE Stamp Duty cut to save homebuyers thousands of pounds “So, today, I can announce the creation of new investment zones. "We will liberalise planning … [Read more...] about What are investment zones and how do they affect me?
Breakfast's Ben Thompson laughs about badly worded question SUBSCRIBE Invalid email We use your sign-up to provide content in ways you've consented to and to improve our understanding of you. This may include adverts from us and 3rd parties based on our understanding. You can unsubscribe at any time. More info During Sunday morning’s instalment of BBC Breakfast, presenters Ben Thompson and Victoria Fritz were speaking to Louise Lear on how viewers can expect a chilly start. Highlighting the intensity of the storms ahead in other countries, Ben tried to ask a question but couldn’t quite articulate himself. Related articles Eamonn Holmes recalls how 'beautiful' moment was ruined at funeral Strictly fans blast judges for scoring Kaye Adams higher than co-stars After Louise had given a forecast on the days ahead, Ben commented on storm Fiona which is currently hitting Canada's Atlantic coastline. Related … [Read more...] about BBC Breakfast’s Ben Thompson scolded by co-host after blunder ‘Go!’
After last year's showdown with the Labour left on party rules and the resignation of a shadow cabinet minister, Sir Keir Starmer is hoping for a calmer, happier conference in Liverpool. But the leader knows he is not in control of all his party's levers - and his bête noires in Momentum and the Corbyn-backing left-wing factions may distract from his attempt at a prime ministerial pitch. "We're a democratic party," a Starmer ally said with a wry smile. "Unlike the Tories. So delegates will debate all sorts." "There won't be any monumental fights over internal party matters," conceded one campaigner organising the anti-Starmer fightback. There will, however, be a battle over policy. Or rather a battle over whether the conference even gets to debate policy. Tories 'show true colours... to make rich richer', says Starmer - politics live updates Please use Chrome browser for a more accessible video player 0:59 Labour promises 'growth for everyone' … [Read more...] about Sir Keir Starmer hoping for a calmer, happier Labour conference in Liverpool… but will he get one?