Tax rises and the overmighty state pave the way for Tory split

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TeaLiz Truss, Lord Frost and Jacob Rees-Mogg were among the three rats who roared at the first personal cabinet meeting this year. Presented with plans to raise taxes to pay for the NHS backlog and new funding for social care, I understand he asked skeptical questions. The subtext could be, “Prime Minister, have you let go of your senses?” But the actual wording was mild, possibly suggesting that ministers should think carefully before risking the Conservative Party’s reputation for low taxes and personal responsibility.

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They were certainly contrary to the words of the anonymous cabinet minister who spoke to him. The Sunday Telegraph To say two days ago: “Putting out national insurance would be morally, economically and politically wrong.” If it was Truss, Frost or Rees-Mogg, he clearly decided to follow the Nadim Zhawi principle. Jahvi, the vaccine minister, told the House of Commons on Thursday that a vaccine passport scheme “goes against everything I believe”. Next sentence: “But it’s the right thing to do.” (Before the prime minister abruptly abandoned the idea.) And if The Sunday TelegraphThe source was a different cabinet minister, he decided that the biggest thing was not to say anything.

Whoever it was, the timid reservations voiced at the cabinet meeting were lost in the noise of the government machinery as it was in gear: a statement from the prime minister in the Commons, the plan responsible for a news conference organized by three ministers, and the next. Day one vote in parliament. Boris Johnson had followed the teachings of Fabius Maximus, The Delay. He delayed and delayed and delayed, but when he hit, he hit harder.


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