Listen to your party and cut that tax
The Mail makes the stunning revelation today that Boris JohnsonThe whole Cabinet would support a postponement of the next National Insurance hike.
Tory backbench MPs are even more vocal – vehemently demanding that this onerous tax hike be scrapped altogether.
And if there’s one thing Mr Johnson should have learned from the self-inflicted damage of recent weeks, it’s to listen to his MPs.
While cocooned in Downing Street, they are out in the real world to hear voters’ day-to-day concerns. And these voters are very angry.
They were angry at the Owen Paterson debacle, furious at Partygate and downright livid about the cost of living crisis.
With inflation at 5.4% and rising energy, food and commodity prices, British families are facing a veritable storm of financial hardship.
Many of the contributing factors are global and beyond the control of the PM.
But he can and must postpone this reckless tax hike, which is guaranteed to make life even more difficult. Business leaders are also insisting that we need to rethink.
Reversing NI’s rise would delight both his cabinet and the wider party. More importantly, it would reassure beleaguered families that Boris is on their side.
And let’s face it, right now he needs all the friends he can get.
A gift to anti-vaxxers
Video: MP who defected says he was ‘threatened’ by whips (Sky News)
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Seeing NHS workers stand shoulder to shoulder with anti-vax cranks and conspirators was a depressing sight.
On marches across the country, they threw away their uniforms in protest at being given the Covid jab as a condition for working on frontline hospital wards.
It is true that doctors, nurses and paramedics have worked tirelessly during this pandemic and deserve the huge praise they have received. But these demonstrators were indeed demonstrating for the right to endanger lives.
About one in five patients catch Covid while already in hospital, often with fatal consequences. By refusing the blows, the staff surely increases the balance sheet.
Yet medical unions, usually so eager to condemn ordinary people who avoid the vaccine, are reluctant to criticize 80,000 of their members for doing the same.
“While we believe everyone should have the vaccine, we also believe people should have personal choice,” says the British Medical Association.
To which the Mail says: What about the personal choice of patients who do not want to be put in mortal danger by the very people who are supposed to care for them?
Kiwis in Covid Panic
New Zealand, hailed by lockdown fanatics as having the best anti-Covid strategy in the world, descended into panic over a small cluster of Omicron infections.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, a darling of the authoritarian left, has scrapped planned easing of border controls, cracked down on social gatherings and even postponed her own wedding.
Surprisingly, household contacts of infected people must self-isolate for up to 24 days – compared to five in the UK.
There are only a handful of confirmed Omicron cases, but the total is expected to grow rapidly. We know only too well that once the genie of the coronavirus is out of the bottle, it cannot be easily pushed back.
New Zealand is particularly vulnerable. Partly because of its zero Covid policy, there has been some resistance to vaccines.
Jab rates are particularly low among the Maori population, and so few people have had the virus that community antibody levels are negligible. So while other nations learn to live with Covid, New Zealand is still frantically trying to keep it out.
If global experience is any guide, sooner or later she will have to accept defeat.