PM warns of 1970s-style stagflation and soaring interest rates
The Tory peer urged the prime minister that he could not afford to ignore the “depth of opposition” he faces within his own party, even as he survived a bruising vote of confidence on Monday.
“Every prime minister has weaknesses and blind spots. The issue is whether they are able to compensate for them, by having the right people, by taking good advice, and by setting a clear policy direction with broad support," 彼は言った, 書き込み デイリーテレグラフ.
It came as Mr Johnson tried to set his premiership back on track with a keynote speech by issuing a new promise to cut tax and set out plans to extend the right-to-buy.
But added that workers will have to settle for real-terms pay cuts if Britain is to avoid 1970s-style “stagflation” and soaring interest rates.
Government made ‘some mistakes’ in pandemic response, 大臣は言います
“Some mistakes were made” by the government in its response to the Covid-19 pandemic, a minister has admitted, but defended its efforts overall.
Asked on Times Radio about news that £4 billion of unusable PPE will be burned, schools minister Robin Walker said: “Clearly there were huge pressures on Government at the start of the pandemic, we needed to make sure that we secured as much protective clothing and vaccines, and everything else that was required, in as short a time as possible.
“I think it’s clear that some mistakes were made during that time period and it’s right that there have been apologies for that.
“I have to say overall, でも, we’ve been able to protect lives, we’ve been able to protect the economy, we’ve had a hugely successful vaccine rollout and we were one of the first countries to be able to open up after the pandemic, which has put our economy in a stronger place where we can now afford this help with the cost of living.
"そう, I do think we have to look at the overall picture and we have to learn the lessons where mistakes were made in a totally unprecedented situation which ministers at the time were facing.”
Russia must ‘take responsibility’ for ‘sham’ Donetsk trials, 大臣は言います
Russia must “take responsibility” for the invasion of Ukraine and for the “sham” trials held in the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic, minister Robin Walker has said.
He also said that the UK will continue to support Ukraine while making the case for two Britons sentenced to death for fighting Russian forces.
彼はタイムズラジオに語った: “I think we need to do everything we can at a diplomatic level to make representations to Russia, to show our support to Ukraine, but also to show our support to the families of these people, and I understand that’s what my colleagues at the foreign office are doing.
“I don’t think this should make any difference to our overall support to Ukraine and continuing to provide material support to a democracy defending itself from unprovoked aggression.”
彼が追加した: “We have to be very clear who is responsible for this – both for the illegal, unprovoked invasion of Ukraine and for this sham trial by a government which don’t have authority, and that’s of course Russia.
“Russia needs to take responsibility, its responsibilities under the Geneva Convention, for the treatment of prisoners of war.”
Truss to hold talks over captured Britons facing death sentence
The case of the two Britons sentenced to death for fighting Russian forces will raised by Liz Truss during talks with her Ukrainian counterpart today.
Aiden Aslin, 28, from Nottinghamshire, Shaun Pinner, 48, from Bedfordshire, and Brahim Saadoun, from Morocco, were captured earlier in the war. A court in the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic handed down death sentences on Thursday.
The foreign secretary has called it a “sham judgement”, insisting it has “absolutely no legitimacy”.
BBCによると, Ms Truss will speak with Ukrainian foreign minister Dmytro Kuleba regarding the captured pair later on Friday.
番号 10 has said the men are entitled to combatant immunity as prisoners of war.
The foreign secretary said: “I utterly condemn the sentencing of Aiden Aslin and Shaun Pinner held by Russian proxies in eastern Ukraine.
“They are prisoners of war. This is a sham judgment with absolutely no legitimacy.
“My thoughts are with the families. We continue to do everything we can to support them.”
Cost of living measures will be kept ‘under review’, 大臣は言います
The government will keep measures introduced to ease the cost of living squeeze “under review”, 大臣は言った.
Schools minister Robin Walker told Sky News: “We need to make sure that people are keeping more of the money that they earn.
“That’s why the rising of the threshold in National Insurance is really important, that will keep more money in people’s pockets.
“It’s why the whole range of measures through that £37 billion package of support that the chancellor has announced can make a real difference to keeping people going.
“But it’s also why we need to keep all of these things under review to see if more help is needed.”
UK to use ‘all diplomatic channels’ to raise case of soldiers facing death sentence
“All diplomatic channels” will be used by the UK government to raise the case of the two Britons sentenced to death for fighting Russian forces, minister Robin Walker has said.
彼が言った スカイニュース: “As the foreign secretary has made clear, we will offer all support we can to them and their families.
“We have been absolutely clear throughout that these people should be treated as prisoners of war under the Geneva Convention, there is no basis on which they can be put on trial.
“This is an illegal court in a sham government that has held this trial and obviously we don’t recognise it has any authority, but we will continue to use all diplomatic channels to make the case that these are prisoners of war who should be treated accordingly.”
彼が追加した: “We utterly condemn the approach that’s been taken here and we will use every method at our disposal to take this issue up.”
Legal battle over Rwanda refugee plan is just the beginning
Hardly is the ink dry on the Nationality and Borders Act 2022 than its enforcement has been passed to the High Court for judicial review, 書き込み ショーン・オグラディ.
Whether they’re called “left wing activists” or “lawyers doing their job,” they have succeeded in at least temporarily delaying the first plane-load of refugees being sent to Rwanda.
The policy is so unusual and arguably inhumane that it was inevitable it would end up in the courts. It is equally to be expected both that the Home Secretary should be hopping mad and that the legal action be the subject of lurid newspaper headlines. If the policy is purely performative and designed to stoke up a “culture war” as critics claim, then it has already had that effect.
The legality of Priti Patel’s scheme could end up in the hands of the ECHR, says Sean O’Grady
Department of Health rebuts burning £4bn of unusable PPE claims as ‘misleading’
In a stern rebuke to PAC’s report, the Department of Health and Social Care said that these claims are misleading and they would offer no apology for procuring kits.
“A number of these claims are misleading, including the claims that we are burning £4billion of unusable PPE and that there is no clear disposal strategy for excess PPE,」スポークスマンは言った. “In the face of an unpredictable and dangerous virus, we make no apology for procuring too much PPE rather than too little, そしてのみ 3% of the PPE we procured was unusable in any context. “At the height of the pandemic, there was unprecedented global demand for and massive inflation in prices of PPE. But despite these global challenges, we delivered over 19.8 billion items of PPE to frontline staff to keep them safe.”
Outrage over plans to discard millions of PPEs
Politicians and health workers are fuming over the government’s plans to burn £4bn of unusable Covid protective gear.
MPs demanded answers over the financial and environmental cost of burning the PPEs that failed to meet NHS standards.
Pat Cullen, chief executive of the Royal College of Nursing, 前記: “Our members will find this galling.” “It is a painful reminder of the worst of the pandemic – inadequate or wasteful PPE.”
彼が追加した: Sending billions of pounds up in smoke when NHS and care services are struggling will be hard for them to comprehend.”
“If this money had been used more wisely and decent-quality PPE bought in the first place, then nurses’ lives might have been saved.”
Dame Meg Hillier, Labor MP, 前記: “In a desperate bid to catch up, the Government splurged huge amounts of money, paying obscenely inflated prices and payments to middlemen in a chaotic rush, during which they chucked out even the most cursory due diligence.”
“This has left us with massive public contracts now under investigation by the National Crime Agency or in dispute because of allegations of modern slavery in the supply chain.”
UK planning to burn £4bn of unusable Covid protective gear
Boris Johnson’s government is planning to burn significant volumes of unusable personal protective equipment that failed to meet NHS standards, parliament’s spending watchdog found.
The Public Accounts Committee said in a report Friday that millions of kits that were bought from tax payers money at inflated prices will not be used, condemning the move as shameful, ブルームバーグが報告した.
PAC revealed that the government lost 75 per cent of the £12 bn spent on PPE in the first year of the coronavirus pandemic due to inflated prices and faulty kits amid mounting criticism of the government.
The purchase of PPE was “perhaps the most shameful episode the UK government response to the pandemic,” committee chair Meg Hillier, an opposition Labour Party MP, 前記.
She said the government at that time paid “obscenely inflated prices and payments to middlemen in a chaotic rush, during which they chucked out even the most cursory due diligence”.
The government said it would burn the unused PPE to generate power, レポートは言った, adding that the impact of it on the environment remains “unclear”.
Tory MPs urge PM to match European fuel tax cuts
After Boris Johnson announced a series of wide-ranging policies in Blackpool, several Conservatives demanded fuel tax cuts as European countries have done it.
Sir Iain Duncan Smith, the former Tory leader, said reducing the burden on people “at the moment is critical and I would personally like to see tax cuts”.
“They should cut the VAT and the green levies now. They’re ridiculous and are costing the earth.”
John Redwood, a MP for Wokingham, 前記: “Give some of it back, don’t be greedy. There is no need to make it worse, the Treasury is getting plenty of revenue off the motorist.”
“We definitely need further action from the Government,” Robert Halfon said. “I don’t really mind how it’s done, but we need to get the price down. Any tax cut must be properly fed through.”
When asked on Thursday whether he would follow the lead of EU countries by going forward with fuel tax cuts, Mr Johnson blamed the high prices on retailers not passing on the tax savings to consumers.
“We made a cut already, the biggest cut ever in fuel duty," 彼は言った. “What I want to see is those cuts in taxation not just swallowed up in one gulp, without touching the gullet of the fuel companies, I want to see those cuts having an impact on the pumps.
“And we are watching very closely to see what happens.”