WHY did it take a war and a cost of living crisis for the government to use its imagination to bring prices down?
The cabinet’s contingency proposals for cheaper imported food, clothing, fuel and equipment are of course welcome. But they are also an admission that the public has been ripped off for years.
The same applies to the plan to put on hold the ban on half-price supermarket treats, originally planned as a misguided anti-obesity measure.
It just proved that the Tories always knew the importance of such deals for low-income earners, but didn’t care enough until rising bills actually made life impossible.
Additionally, we suspect that if they agree to lower tariffs on some groceries today, it will make a small difference to the overall cost of shopping.
Meanwhile, fuel taxes, environmental taxes and VAT on energy will continue to add fortunes to the bills.
A radical idea would be to shorten these.
THE mistakes of the prevent anti-terror program are obvious.
But it is also being undermined by propaganda from rogue left-leaning Islamist charities.
Think tank Policy Exchange says activists from CAGE, MEND and others are urging Muslims to boycott the program, misrepresenting it as racist and creating an exaggerated culture of grievances.
These extremists aren’t just winning the PR war against a government afraid to stand up for Prevent. They are also treated as trusted voices by some state institutions. This has to end.
None of this excuses the failures, where six of the 11 biggest recent attacks were perpetrated by terrorists AFTER going through Prevent’s procedures.
However, it raises questions as to whether a desire not to offend Muslims has led Prevent to focus disproportionately on far-right extremism, rather than the greater danger posed by Islamists.
A comprehensive review of Prevent will be completed shortly. The answer must be to reboot and strengthen the system.
Then cut and marginalize extremist groups whose dangerous lies they sabotage.
HOW much patience does Labor imagine ordinary workers have for highly paid Whitehall clerks who refuse to return to the office?
Here’s a hint for Shadow Chancellor Rachel Reeves: It’s “none”.
Still, she has chosen to side with the union-backed sofa workers, risking angering the very people whose votes she needs to win back.
This is the danger for Labor, which will aggressively oppose anything the Tories do.
It is absurd to consider it “bullying” to deliver three notes politely suggesting that Whitehall staff may be coming. The inefficiency of some departments shames the nation.
Working from home doesn’t help.
Reeves doesn’t have to bother lobbying for them anyway. You are already a Labor voter.
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