Inflation is set to hit 13 per cent in October, with energy bills expected to rise to £3,600 a year – and neither Boris Johnson nor the candidates to replace him are doing a single thing about it.
That’s the reason former prime minister Gordon Brown has intervened to demand an emergency budget to tackle the rocketing cost of living – or condemn millions of blameless people to a freezing winter of “dire poverty”.
He has a point – according to The Observer, more than four million households are likely to spend a quarter of their net incomes on energy.
Mr Brown said:
“The more the Conservative leadership election heats up, the more the remaining candidates have resorted to claiming the moral high ground. Raising debt is ‘immoral’, Rishi Sunak is saying. ‘High taxes are immoral,’ retorts Liz Truss. But there is nothing moral about indifferent leaders condemning millions of vulnerable and blameless children and pensioners to a winter of dire poverty.
“Boris Johnson, Sunak and Truss must this week agree an emergency budget. If they do not, parliament should be recalled to force them to do so.”
The problem is that neither Johnson, Rishi Sunak nor Liz Truss could care less.
Johnson is on his way out of mainstream politics, having made a horse’s ass of his premiership.
Sunak and Truss are campaigning to be prime minister – but only among members of the Conservative Party who, historically, don’t have any time for the troubles of the people who make their money for them.
And the Conservative majority in the House of Commons is high enough that none of them need to worry about what happens to the electorate before an election that could happen as late as the end of 2024.
In fact, considering their recent record, it would probably benefit the Tories if a few million more poor people bite the bullet before that poll happens.
If you think they wouldn’t let that happen, where were you during the Covid-19 crisis?
So, given the situation as laid out by Mr Brown, what do you think will happen?
Will Johnson, Sunak and Truss get around the table and put together a package of measures that will save millions from poverty or worse – at some slight cost to the nation (and to certain businesses that are making money hand over fist)?
Or will they carry on their own sweet way, all oblivious to the suffering that they have – let’s face it – caused?
My money’s on the latter.
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