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Posts Tagged: Philip Hammond MP
Edward Bickham: To please Brexit zealots, the Government is getting its negotiation plan seriously wrong
We are in danger of asking for the wrong things, in the wrong way and on the wrong timescale.
Well, it’s been quite a week, hasn’t it?
And there are other policies she could pursue. More nurseries in primary schools. Tougher school discipline. Longer sentences for child abuse.
“In light of what has emerged as a clear view among colleagues and a significant section of the public, I have decided not to proceed…”
Fudge, delay or in-fighting won’t make it go away. It must be dealt with swiftly.
To date, May has been able to junk, water down or delay Cameron’s agenda with little blowback. The Budget NICs furore may change all that.
The Prime Minister records her second-best ever result in our table, whilst the Communities Secretary becomes the first to record a negative score.
Nineteen Members of Parliament have so far declared publicly.
Plus: Hammond’s blunder. Peers’ folly. Stephen Hawking is not, repeat not, controlled by MI5. And: my inner Mary Whitehouse meets Katie Hopkins’ slack vagina.
“People across the country will recognise a basic unfairness when two people earning the same amount of money, accessing the same benefits, are paying very different contributions”.
May and Hammond are right to prioritise the working class, but an attack on small traders and self-starters is only going to alienate them – and many more besides.
The Telegraph and the Sun also have harsh words for the new taxes facing the self-employed… but the Express brushes it off in a sentence.
And May’s reputation for straightforwardness risks damage from the Budget’s proposals for NICs.
Our Blurrt analysis shows how anger over Hammond’s NIC rise for some of the self-employed grew in the Budget’s aftermath
Mass analysis of Twitter reaction shows its reputation was sealed by mid-afternoon. The proportion of angry tweets reached half the total.