‘Levelling up’ will take a decade and there will be pain along the way, say ministers

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Senior members of Boris Johnson’s government believe his “flatten” project will take 10 years to complete, and acknowledge that there will be pain for voters along the way.

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The sweetness will be needed in the form of tax cuts before the next election, as a “thank you” to voters for years of rising prices and to squeeze further income, a cabinet minister has told. Granthshala.

Speaking privately, ministers at this week’s party convention in Manchester said the next general election would have to be delayed until the last possible moment in 2024 in the hope that voters will have the opportunity to notice improvements in their lives as a result of government plans. There will be time


But everyone insisted that Mr Johnson would like to oversee the project himself, dismissing suggestions that he might give way to another leader so he could return to a more lucrative job.

“Apart from anything else, he’s very competitive,” said one. “He will know the day, hour and minute when he overtakes David Cameron or Margaret Thatcher. He is in it for the long haul.”

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Mr Johnson’s stay in office is seen as the key to leveling the agenda, with a potential successor Rishi Sunak describing “a lot of work still in progress”.

“There are faces for the future, but if Boris goes under the bus tomorrow, we will be in trouble,” said one minister. “There’s no one else reaching out to the voters they’ve done.”


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