By persisting with their unfair, widely condemned plans to raise National Insurance to fund social care, the Prime Minister and Chancellor of the Exchequer are sticking two fingers up at the public.
Stubborn Boris Johnson and Rishi Sunak should backtrack now while they can. And if they don’t, MPs of all political parties must defeat them in Parliament.
National Insurance increases are the unfairest of all because they mean low paid workers protect million-pound inheritances.
Even Income Tax rises, the respected Institute for Fiscal Studies has argued, would be fairer than NI increases.
We favour a hike in low Capital Gains Tax paid only by the wealthiest.
Yet whatever happens, Johnson’s National Insurance scam must be stopped.
The Taliban claiming Afghanistan’s rebel Panjshir province completes a crushing humiliation for Boris Johnson and the Tories alongside the US and Nato.
The Prime Minister fools nobody when he and Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab attempt to save political face for a terrible disaster.
Our thoughts are with the families of the 457 British personnel who lost their lives, nearly 150,000 others who served in Afghanistan and the Taliban’s victims – past, present and future.
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Tory Armed Forces Minister and former soldier James Heappey’s admission that veterans of the conflict question the value of their service is heartbreaking.
US Presidents Donald Trump and Joe Biden must consider the consequences of American withdrawal but Johnson and Raab’s failure to plan earlier and better also cost lives.
THE weather warming up just as kids go back to class is bad luck for families who shivered and drowned during the summer.
Next time it’s wet in the holidays, maybe the emergency reopening of schools might tempt the sun to appear again.