Hope in Opec
A GREAT deal depends on Boris Johnson’s mission to Saudi Arabia this week – perhaps the most significant foreign visit of his Prime Minister’s term to date.
Our allies – especially the US – will be hoping he can persuade the kingdom to massively increase oil production to reduce its global dependence on Russian reserves and to offer economic sanctions against Vladimir Putin More effective.
The pivotal moment was determined yesterday when Russian forces targeted a barracks 11 km from Poland – Nato’s border – and phosphorus bombs on the fleeing Ukrainians.
The Saudis, engaged in their own heinous war in Yemen, will certainly want something in return. That is the price to pay for international diplomacy at a time of world tension.
But if Boris can convince the Opec countries to pump billions more barrels, it will also do a lot to reduce rising inflation at home, which could reach 9% for months.
Prime Minister Rishi Sunak read about the oil crisis of the 1970s that led to a recession in the UK.
One lesson from history is that high taxes make recessions worse.
Cutting fuel taxes on gasoline and preventing an impending National Insurance increase is more urgent than ever.
MICHAEL Gove suggests that Roman Abramovich’s £125m home should be converted into a shelter for Ukrainian refugees.
Good. The law may need to be changed but it would be a great irony to see those fleeing Putin’s murderous regime housed in mansions bought by oligarchs with his blood. .
However, it is difficult to see how the refugee problem will be solved by Homes for Ukraine. Entirely voluntary, it will depend on a level of generosity beyond the norm from the British.
A relatively small number of kind souls will have available rooms and sufficient means to open doors.
But the vast majority of ordinary families are already under enormous pressure from rising living costs and the £350 a month incentive is unlikely to make any real difference to them.
Boris Johnson says Britain is ready for thousands of refugees.
With no sign of any other plans on the horizon, it begs the question: Where are they all headed?
He is not clear
WHAT ARE WOMEN?
As Harry Potter author JK Rowling has pointed out, it seems unlikely that Sir Keir Starmer will respond and as such cannot be seen as standing up for women’s rights.
Instead, he prefers to roam with the awakened crowds that he dreads so much.
It is a strange and weak stance from a man who hopes to one day represent some 30 million women as Prime Minister.
https://www.the-sun.com/news/4886495/cut-fuel-duty-tax-hike-rishi-sunak/ Cutting fuel taxes and minimizing National Insurance increases is now more urgent than ever