BORIS Johnson says National Insurance must increase in April because “one in 10” Britons are waiting for hospital treatment – and Margaret Thatcher fans should support that.
Having spent a lot of money tackling Covid, he said, cannot ignore the need to strike a balance between the books and that myth. Former Prime Minister Tory Maggie will approve the move.
Mr Johnson warned that six million people are now waiting for some form of treatment and that number will double as the NHS grapples with the outbreak of the Covid pandemic.
The Prime Minister told critics to think about the “suffering that comes with that”.
He has been under enormous pressure to scrap a planned 1.25 percentage point raid on workers’ wages to help ease the cost of living crisis.
But the Prime Minister told The Sun it was an inevitable consequence of the “huge, huge outlay we’ve seen” during Covid – and that “our country deserves care better”.
He continued: “It was necessary to spend that money, but it was a huge drain. . . and a country must pay its way. “
Risking a new spat with Tory MPs, he claims fans of the late Lady Thatcher should support the price hike.
“For all the Thatcherits and all those who believe in a low tax economy, (Prime Minister) Rishi Sunak and I both believe in exactly the same agenda,” he said.
“We are also Thatcherists in that we believe in good money. We are responsible Conservatives so we have to do the right thing.”
In the Commons yesterday, Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer mocked Mr Johnson’s claims of him being a “low tax Tory”.
“Why do these alleged tax-cutters continue to raise taxes on working people?” he quipped.
He added: “Isn’t it the case that you and your Prime Ministers Tory Thelma and Louise, hand in hand as they take the country off the cliff and into the abyss of low growth and high taxes?”
Mr. Johnson countered that it was all about dealing with the consequences of the pandemic and an unprecedented economic crisis.
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