Johnson has broken his minimum wage promise. Will his Tory manifesto be as worthless as May’s?

Duper’s delight: This is the smile Boris Johnson wears when he is lying. Was he wearing it when he promised a big increase in the ‘National Living Wage’?

Boris Johnson has broken his manifesto promise to increase the “National Living Wage” (he means the minimum wage), within days of using it to win a landslide election victory.

Page 14 of the Tory Manifesto states categorically: “In our first months, we announced an increase in the National Living Wage to two thirds of average earnings, currently forecast at £10.50 an hour, and widened its reach to everyone over 21. That means an average pay rise of £4,000 per year for four million people by 2024.”

This was the flagship policy announcement at the Tory conference, where Chancellor Sajid Javid proclaimed it would show the Tories are “the workers’ party”.

It was to be achieved by pegging the wage to two-thirds of median earnings, not 60 per cent as it is now.

But in the Queen’s Speech at the State Opening of Parliament last Friday, the words “provided economic conditions allow” had been inserted – rendering the promise meaningless.

The Tories will always be able to find an economic adviser who can claim conditions don’t allow a rise in the minimum wage.

In fact, with Johnson’s Brexit disaster looming large, it might be a long time before those on the minimum see any wage rise at all. Meanwhile the cost of living may rise out of control.

(… Not that I want to worry you!)

Then when the dirty Johnson decides to call another election (should that every happen), he can always wheel out the same promise all over again and know he can expect enough people to believe it – all over again.

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6 thoughts on “Johnson has broken his minimum wage promise. Will his Tory manifesto be as worthless as May’s?

  1. trev

    Can’t believe people fell for it, any of it, Brexit, Minimum Wage, Police, Nurses, Hospitals, the NHS….a pack of lies.

  2. Stu

    Expect much more of this in the future where they “split hairs” as usual even on critical matters.
    For example the promise of 50,000 nurses has already been shown to be a con but they will say “we didn’t specifically say fully qualified nurses” – apprentices and nursing assistants will be “technically” counted.

  3. hugosmum70

    did you expect anything different? i suspect you didnt and i know i didnt. and neither did so many others on labours side.. such a pity so many other stupid people did and have now allowed him to get a good grip on westminster stronger even than maggie may did.

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