Moggy wrote:Cuttooth wrote:KKLEIN wrote:Shows they're willing to listen, I guess. It's not like there's any opposition or an upcoming general election (that we know of) - opinion polls have them way out in front. He could have gotten away with it.
All they care about what The Mail and The Sun think. So much government policy seems to be set against a backdrop of running it through the shitty filters of Dacre and Murdoch.
This. Listening to people would be good, but this was clearly a U-turn based on the Tory party shitting itself over the reaction of the Sun and Mail. Which is silly, there is no way the Sun or the Mail are going to support Corbyn when the next election rolls around.
I don't necessarily want a chancellor who listens to people (particularly after the fact). I want a chancellor who has a clear, economic plan with enough foresight to determine what effect his proposed changes will have. This U-turn just smacks of a group of people desperately digging down the side of the sofa to scrape up enough loose change to get a 4 pack of stella. There is now an obvious hole in the nations finances and they've now got 6 months to find another method of indirect taxation to fill it.
My main concern was the Hammond (prior to the budget) seemed the only senior member of the cabinet with some actual common sense and pragmatism. That's shot to pieces now.