Sajid Javid is trying to quell the rebellion – but isn’t making much sense [Image: Getty].

It seems businesses, pubs, hospitals and GP surgeries – not to mention tens of thousands of shops – are right to be furious about a business rate rise of up to 300 per cent, if web giants like Amazon will end up paying next to nothing.

Communities Secretary Sajid Javid and Treasury Chief Secretary David Gauke tried to calm the revolt, claiming most firms will not see a rise in their bills.

Is that apart from the 500,000 that will, then?

No wonder Tory backbenchers had it out with Philip Hammond, the Chancellor, at a 1922 Committee meeting on Monday evening (February 20). Although, isn’t it a shame they don’t react quite so quickly to issues that will affect the poor, but won’t harm their own electability?

If, as Messrs Javid and Gauke claimed, there has been a “relentless campaign of distortions and half-truths”, then why has Mr Hammond now said he is in “listening mode”, prepared to reconsider business taxes in the future, and “alive to the concerns around the digital economy”?

And doesn’t “listening mode” mean he’ll listen, but do nothing?
Source: Panicking Tory ministers write to MPs as they try to head off business rates revolt

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