Responding to comments made earlier this week by Rachel Mclean MP, Peter Kyle, MP for Hove, said Tory ministers must ‘accept the reality’ of the cost of living crisis, a disaster which is, in part , “because of the decisions they are making in Westminster”. Mr Kyle said it was not a politician’s job to “tell people to work harder and longer”, especially when many members of the British public are already working as hard as they can.
Mr Kyle said: ‘I met someone last week who was working two jobs and she is a single mother.
“The idea that she could be working longer and therefore not spending time with her family, I think it’s just out of touch with the realities of people’s lives.
“We had a minister last week who said people should buy more cheap food and supermarket branded food.
“What we need ministers to do is address the economic problem families are having because of the economic problems our country is facing.
“It’s their job as politicians. Their job as politicians is not just to tell people to work harder and longer and get promoted.
“It’s really about accepting the reality that because of the decisions they make at Westminster, people are no longer able to have decent food.
“This is the situation we face and there are direct political consequences for the priorities and decisions made at Westminster.
“That’s the reality we and those struggling with the cost of living crisis are facing.”
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It comes as Boris Johnson said he could not ‘magically wipe out’ all soaring food and energy spending as he battled mounting pressure to ease the cost of living crisis.
Instead, the Prime Minister today promised to use the government’s ‘firepower’ to ‘put our arms around the people’ as he has done during the coronavirus pandemic.
During a visit to the Hilltop Honey factory in Powys, Wales, Mr Johnson told reporters: ‘I’m not going to pretend to you that we can magically eliminate all the expenses that people are going to face following a global spike in energy prices.
“But have no doubt it will happen, we’ll get people through. We’ll use the firepower we’ve built up to put our arms around people, just like we did during the pandemic.”
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Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer argues that a Government U-turn on opposing a windfall tax is ‘inevitable’ as it would ‘raise billions of pounds, reducing energy bills across the country’.
But Brexit Opportunities Minister Jacob Rees-Mogg voiced fresh opposition in Cabinet, saying it was wrong to loot the “honeypot of business”.
Mr Rees-Mogg told reporters: “Retrospective taxation is difficult because you change the understanding of what people do when they invest.
“It’s difficult because corporation tax ultimately falls on individuals anyway it either falls on individuals because companies to maintain their net margin in the world raise their prices in the UK .
“Or it falls on individuals because profits don’t trickle down to the dividends that fund their pensions. So I think the idea of a windfall tax as a panacea to the inflation problem is wrong.”