Philip Hammond on BBC1’s the Andrew Marr Show on Sunday [Image: Getty Images].

You can work out every government’s attitude to its citizens by understanding its priorities.

With the Tories, it’s all about safeguarding their own opportunities for making money – and never about protecting the vulnerable people for whom they have a duty of care.

So, having created a completely unnecessary crisis by having a referendum on membership of the EU, simply to keep the Tory Party from splitting over the subject, Mr Hammond is now building up a fund to pay for the costs of Brexit.

If the Tories hadn’t held their pointless and ultimately hugely damaging referendum, he could have been using the money to restore the National Health Service – after years of completely unnecessary Tory cuts that have created a completely unnecessary crisis.

Let’s face it – the common denominator here is the Conservative Party. Without their interference in public affairs, neither of these crises would have happened.

It is the Conservative Party that we need to banish from British politics. The sooner, the better.

Philip Hammond is expected to use Wednesday’s budget to announce that tax revenues will be used to build up a reserve to deal with uncertainties arising from Brexit, rather than increase spending on the health service.

The chancellor has indicated that some extra money will be allocated for social care. The shadow chancellor, John McDonnell, has warned that £12bn should be immediately redirected to the NHS, warning that “the crisis is happening now”.

Hammond said on Sunday that he would be building up a reserve in case of difficulties arising from leaving the EU, although he stopped short from confirming a report in the Sunday Times that it would be £60bn.

He is expected to raise funds through some tax increases, including one imposed on self-employed workers through a change to national insurance rates. Hammond is also thought to be looking at increases in alcohol duty.

Source: Chancellor’s budget to build up Brexit reserves, not tackle NHS crisis | UK news | The Guardian

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