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Downing Street officials say distribution of partygate fines is unfair…
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anxious weekend as he waits to read what Gray says about his role in the creation of the compromised culture at the top of Whitehall and government.
hang responsibility for Downing Street’s rule breaking culture on more senior named individuals. The big question is whether her report corrects the perceived unfairness of the distribution of fines and identifies who at the top was to blame. The PM will have an…
upset people”. Much now hangs on the report by the senior Cabinet Office official Sue Gray, which will be published next week. Through colleagues, she has made clear that she wants to protect the more junior officials and…
“are really stacking up for them. Typically they are getting fined for events they were at with their males bosses who seem to have got away no problem. Pretty clear also that people who bothered lawyering up [like the PM] are fine. There is a lot of very angry and…
In Downing Street there is a sense of injustice and considerable upset that the 126 Partygate fines have been levied disproportionately on women and junior officials. One source said: “the majority of [those fined] are very junior diary managers etc on 24k-ish and these fines…
“Whisper it quietly… the Protocol is working” .@PatricKielty criticises Brexit for “creating two borders when we couldn’t agree on one” but accepts the Northern Ireland Protocol is working. #Peston
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.@PatricKielty: What we’re seeing isn’t about Northern Ireland, it’s a Tory leadership context @JWhittingdale: “I don’t think that’s fair” Patrick Kielty and John Whittingdale disagree on the issues underlying politics around the Northern Ireland protocol. #Peston
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"The public mood is desperate, it's angry... if we don't sort this... I worry about civil unrest." @MartinSLewis pleads with the government to act on the cost of living crisis urgently. Watch the full interview on @ITV at 10.45pm #Peston
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🚨NEW🚨 We updated our windfall tax polling wit@OpiniumResearchch from back in February and found that... 💥 Support for a windfall tax on oil companies remains high at 53% 💥 Only 14% say they are against 💥 But 33% say they neither support or oppose or don't…5UegDi
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🚨NEW🚨 Is Labour's messaging on windfall tax working? Well, ou@OpiniumResearchch poll of 2019 Lab voters found 💥 37% think the policy would have a positive effect on the cost of their energy bills 💥 18% say the effect would be negative 💥 25% say no difference#PestonPNJRoiq
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“I actually don’t think the mechanism is that important” @MartinSLewis tells @Peston putting money in people's pockets should be the government's priority, however they do it. #Peston
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“We've taken the worst from privatisation and the worst from nationalisation and put them together. That’s where we sit right now” @MartinSLewis describes the current energy market as a halfway house between privatisation and nationalisation, saying “it isn’t working”. #Peston
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"I think there is a case for it" Conservative MP @JWhittingdale discusses a possible windfall tax with @Peston, saying that whilst he doesn't like raising taxes, the government needs to look at all options. #Peston
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"We are seeing the mental health impact, the physical impact and my fear is that we're not even in winter yet" @DrRosena tells @Peston she is already seeing the impact of the cost of living crisis on shift in A&E #Peston
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"It will have to be relatively quickly. We are into a situation where bills are going up very fast" Conservative MP @JWhittingdale suggests that government intervention on cost of living ought to be soon. #Peston
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“Eton Mess was… a mess on the floor and that’s how I feel about the childhood obesity strategy.” @jamieoliver calls on @BorisJohnson to turn things around with regards to the government’s obesity strategy. #Peston
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“There’s about 800,000 children that will not get a free school lunch for 190 days of the year” @jamieoliver says that providing free school lunches to children in households who rely on universal credit would help families struggling with increased costs. #Peston
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“I think 30p would be pushing it…you could probably get something decent for 80p” @jamieoliver responds to comments made by Conservative MP Lee Anderson who recommended people learn to budget and ‘make meals properly’. #Peston
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“I was not convinced... that the ban of advertising of HFSS foods before 9pm would have had an effect on obesity.” @JWhittingdale defends the government scrapping the decision to ban junk food adverts on Television before 9pm. #Peston
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Very powerful #peston show on the pernicious impact of rampant inflation on those with least - and what the government can and should do about it. ITV 10.45. With @MartinSLewis @PatricKielty @jamieoliver @JWhittingdale @DrRosena
Just finished my interview about the cost of living crisis on #peston. If you missed it live on twitter it'll be on the telly later.
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How do we sort cost of living crisis? Watch as per below…
Joining @Peston & @AnushkaAsthana is Northern Irish comedian @PatricKielty We’ll discuss ⬇️ 📄Northern Ireland 🗳️Identity politics 🎭His new show ‘Borderline’ 💻 𝗟𝗜�@itvpeston @itvpeston@ITV#Peston ://
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Been a quiet week for N Ireland politics. I’m thinking we’ll have loads of time left to chat Derry Girls special and Rangers winning the Europa League.…
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Full line up with @Peston & @AnushkaAsthana ⬇️ 🔪@jamieoliverr �@DrRosenana MP @MartinSLewiswis@JWhittingdaledale M@PatricKieltyielty 💻 𝗟�@itvpeston𝗠 @itvpest@ITV#Peston�ps://
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With inflation a blistering 9% and rising, tonight’s #Peston all about what government can do to temper worst cost-of-living crisis in generations. With Martin Lewis, Jamie Oliver, Patrick Kielty (on NI Protocol crisis), @JWhittingdale & @DrRosena. ITV 10.45, via @itvpeston at 9
“This move is one gesture towards his own self preservation over looking after the health of kids” @jamieoliver tells @Peston Boris Johnson’s delay shows he is prioritising his position as Prime Minister over the childhood obesity strategy. #Peston
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“We feel that it’s the slow erosion of the kind of measures that are required to make a difference for our kids.” @jamieoliver tells @Peston that last Friday’s postponement shattered his hope that Boris Johnson could have had a “eureka moment” in tackling obesity. #Peston
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income inequality. Without further government intervention, many are likely to view all Boris Johnson’s talk of levelling up as just words.
of 2.3% in cash terms, compared to 0.5% for the median earner and just 0.1% for the bottom 10% of earners”. Or to put it another way, the stats confirm what common sense says, which is that our-high-inflation-low-growth (stagflation) crisis is dramatically worsening…
“from the fact that the poorest households spend 11% of their total household budget on gas and electricity, compared to 4% for the richest households”. And this yesterday from @TheIFS: "The top 1% of earners saw a sharp increase in pay between February and March 2022…
This today from @TheIFS. “In April, the bottom 10% of the population in terms of income faced a rate of inflation rate of 10.9%, which was 3 percentage points higher than the inflation rate of the richest 10%. Most of this difference comes…
be changed - and he gave a clear signal that the EU would retaliate with a trade war if the UK government resorts to domestic legislation to dis-apply parts of the protocol. This looks like a massive car crash in very slow motion.
The most important part of @trussliz statement today is that the UK is now categoric the NI Protocol has to be amended if it is to be acceptable. Imaginative interpretation of it is not sufficient, she said. By contrast @MarosSefcovic says the Protocol cannot...
seems inevitable that there will be a windfall tax, the question is why Sunak and the PM don't get on with it. The more they delay, the more embarrassing their likely capitulation would be for them, and the greater would be Labour's moral and propaganda victory. All a bit odd.
The chancellor concedes the oil companies are making "extraordinary profits" and unless they invest more in the UK "soon" then "no option is off the table". Very difficult to see quite what Shell and BP can do now to avoid a windfall tax, but you never know. But since it now...
Senior Tory MP @halfon4harlowMP calls the big oil companies “the new oligarchs” and urges @RishiSunak to levy a windfall tax. “The new oligarchs”
The @ONS says “for the first time since records began, there are fewer unemployed people than job vacancies”. The number of unemployed people in Jan to Mar was 1,256,846 whereas vacancies in February to April 2022 rose to a new record of 1,295,000. At a time…
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taking from Big Oil to give to the frailest. Many of them are bemused by his deep wells of sympathy for Shell and BP.
minister” - which is not what he wants to hear when Labour has organised a vote today to create pressure for a windfall tax on the the excess profits of oil and gas producers. Johnson will be looking anxiously at how many of his Tory colleagues show support for…
is surging and it has no choice but to increase the cost of money to bring inflation back to target. So everything it is doing has the effect of making us poorer in the short term. The most important message from the Bank governor yesterday was “over to you prime…
Others think help should be more targeted to those with least, through the Universal Credit system. What does differentiate this crisis from both the Covid and banking ones is that the Bank of England is powerless to help, as it admitted yesterday, because inflation…
case for the government to show the ambition it demonstrated in the Covid crisis in addressing the worst global supply side shock since at least the 1970s and maybe longer. She wants government subsidies to knock £1000 off next winter’s energy bills, at a cost of £30bn…
at a time of recession and longer-term low growth it provides a powerful counter-cyclical boost to struggling businesses and indirectly to all of us. As the chairman of John Lewis and former Treasury official Sharon White said on my show last week, there is a powerful…
pensions by at or near the inflation rate is that this short term economy can be seen as self harm for everyone, and not just because of empathy for the poorest. The point is that when cash is dispensed to the poorest it is automatically spent, it is never saved, and therefore…
They have no cushion of savings to take the strain when the price of bread and heating leaps. For them rampant inflation means making do with less, often much less. What is perhaps odd in the failure of the government to help the poorest with its refusal to uprate benefits and…
magnified (as per the Bank governor’s fears) by war in Ukraine. With inflation most acute in the basics of living - energy, food - it is the poorest who are suffering most. At least 6m British households were spending every penny of their income even before the price surges…
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