Cabinet Clash Over Top Rate Tax U-Turn

Cabinet Ministers have not been shy in freelancing on economic policy over the last few days, with Suella Braverman now attacking the Government’s reversal of a cut to the 45p rate of tax. Speaking to Christopher Hope this afternoon, the Home Secretary expressed her “disappointment” at the U-turn, and criticised the rebels who effectively “staged a coup” against the PM. She’s not one to mince her words…

The blue-on-blue fighting didn’t end there, with Levelling Up Secretary Simon Clarke taking to Twitter to support Suella:

Jacob Rees-Mogg was also quick to voice his disappointment at the scrapped cut at a fringe event this afternoon, although he claimed to recognise the politics of the move. This all comes in the context of public cabinet battles over benefits, and Penny Mordaunt’s attacks on government comms. Meanwhile backbench agitators continue briefing out plans to rebel, with some now even claiming they’re holding “crisis” talks about Liz’s leadership. Truss has been PM for 28 days. Not quite the honeymoon period she would’ve hoped for…

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Rishi Blames Computer System for Benefit Freeze

Rishi Sunak has blamed the Treasury’s outdated software for not allowing him to raise benefits in an interview with Bloomberg. It’s not the first time the excuse has come to light; a Times article last Thursday revealed officials had told the Chancellor he could only raise benefits once a year at a certain point, with a government source saying “the system was simply not built to be flexible.” Sunak’s now explained the problem on the record. If it is true it is unacceptably pathetic, it also makes him sound a lot like a certain Little Britain character…

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Bumbling Burnham Crashes and Burns on Benefits and Petrol

Lots of gold from the GMB Labour leadership hustings today.

Firstly, Andy Burnham was booed as he floundered around refusing to back the benefit cap.

The crowd wanted a no, but he knew the country would give a resounding yes.

And the banter did not stop there. He later got the price of litre of petrol wrong, declaring it was 160p:

It’s 116p.

Delicious…

 

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Labour: “The Party That Help People on Benefits”

Meet Alyessa. Vox-popped in Birmingham by the BBC this morning, she revealed why she’s voting Labour:

“Because Labour are the party that help people on benefits.”

Despite some vague tough talk from Rachel Reeves, Labour opposed every single one of IDS’s reforms and their client supporters are grateful. It’s the dirty little secret that the Labour Party refuse to accept: Benefit reform is hugely popular.

Polling by Ipsos Mori found that:

  • 84% either agree or tend to agree with stricter work-capability tests.
  • 78% agree with the idea that benefits should be docked if people turn down work
  • 62% support benefits being capped “if people choose to have more children”.
  • 57% back capping housing benefits
  • There is also more support than opposition for the Spare Room Subsidy reform.

Being the ‘party that help people on benefits’ may soothe your base, but the public don’t like it…

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Labour Supporters Despair at “Nasty” Rachel Reeves

Following her comments denigrating the unemployed, Labour’s grassroots have turned on Rachel Reeves:

https://twitter.com/AndyGilder/status/577871251219177473

Disgruntled Labour members can join the Green Party here

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Shameless Reeves: Labour Does Not Represent Jobseekers

What will Labour’s grassroots make of Rachel Reeves distancing her party from people receiving unemployment benefits? The Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary is talking tough in the Guardian today, in very un-Guardian-y language:

“We are not the party of people on benefits. We don’t want to be seen, and we’re not, the party to represent those who are out of work. Labour are a party of working people, formed for and by working people.”

Are Labour trying to get more of their supporters to follow in Jack Monroe’s footsteps? Slagging off their core vote is a bold move…

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