Rishi Sunak’s big lie: in his Budget speech he referred time and time again to the effect of the Covid crisis, and the need to recover from it – and not once to Brexit.
So the Budget “does not draw a line under Covid”; it prepares for “a new economy post-Covid”; it forecasts that the economy with “return to its pre-Covid level” at the turn of the year; it says the Tory government has been “more successful” than feared in preventing the “long-term economic damage of Covid”.
Sunak talked about supporting theatres, orchestra, museums and galleries “to recover from Covid”; he refers to the business rate cut as being among “Covid reliefs”; and he says Covid was “not just a public health challenge and an economic challenge – it was a moral challenge too”.
What about the public health and moral challenges of Brexit, then – now that we know it has caused twice as much harm to the economy as Covid-19?
Brexit worse for the UK economy than Covid pandemic, OBR says | Brexit | The Guardian https://t.co/eYJlhMj4ot
— Samuel Miller (@Hephaestus7) October 28, 2021
According to the Guardian article,
Richard Hughes said the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) had assumed leaving the EU would “reduce our long run GDP by around 4%”, adding in comments to the BBC: “We think that the effect of the pandemic will reduce that (GDP) output by a further 2%.”
“In the long term it is the case that Brexit has a bigger impact than the pandemic”, Hughes told the broadcaster.
And yet it hasn’t been mentioned by the government in its most significant financial statement of the year.
Could it be that someone (Boris Johnson) is a little embarrassed?
He should be:
We have a Govt
That delivered a policy
That will do twice as much damage to our economy than a global pandemic
That’s quite something
— Marina Purkiss (@MarinaPurkiss) October 28, 2021
Only yesterday – the day after the Budget speech – Parliament was hearing about the devastating effect on the economy… of Brexit:
Roger Gale(Tory MP) – Much of this year's harvest has been lost as a result of a lack of labour… there isn't a queue of domestic labour waiting to harvest apples & tomatoes…so what is the department going to do to make sure there's an adequate labour supply for next year? pic.twitter.com/Kv2ap0mAa3
— Haggis_UK 🇬🇧 🇪🇺 (@Haggis_UK) October 28, 2021
Let’s be honest, minister Victoria Prentis’s reply wasn’t very reassuring, was it? The questioner had already said people aren’t queuing up domestically to harvest fruit and vegetables, and the EU recruitment schemes have all failed. That leaves automation, which will stop people from having jobs in the future.
“The impact of Brexit & Boris Johnson’s “oven ready” deal on the economy will be double that of covid. The difference of course being the pandemic was an entirely unforeseen global catastrophe whereas Brexit is entirely self inflicted” https://t.co/5SrQCgmMmk
— Peter Stefanovic (@PeterStefanovi2) October 28, 2021
It’s the elephant in the Treasury.
Sunak won’t talk about it because he knows a Tory government caused it.
And it has caused twice as much harm as the pandemic he has blamed for so many of the UK’s current problems.
It seems to This Writer – and doesn’t it seem the same to you? – that nothing he has said will count for anything if he continues to ignore the biggest single threat to our well-being, just because his boss caused it.
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