Mon Oct 4th, 2021 at 07:31:12 AM EST
PM Boris Johnson and the Tories now own the Red Wall of Britain ...
Iain Macwhirter: The Tory Red Wall is wilting at the greening of Boris Johnson
"Beyond the pandemic; building back greener; renewing community assets; transforming energy to reach net zero; transport connectivity and levelling up; putting green jobs at the heart of recovery ..." the list of official Conservative Party Conference fringe events in Manchester this week reads like a resume of Keir Starmer's speech to the Labour Conference. And that isn't a list of events held by charities and lobby groups, but the Conservative Party's own fringe agenda.
People in the UK: how is your household affected by rising costs?
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said the consumer prices index measure of annual inflation rose to 3.2% in August, up from 2% in July, to hit the highest rate since March 2012.
The increase surpassed City economists' forecasts for a reading of 2.9% and reflected a jump in food and drink prices from August 2020 when Rishi Sunak's "eat out to help out" discount scheme slashed the cost of restaurant meals.
The 1.2 percentage point increase between July and August was the largest since records began in January 1997, the year Gordon Brown handed the Bank of England independence to manage inflation.
Labour and the trade unions warned households would face a "double whammy" this winter as living costs rise while the government ramps up taxes and prepares to make the biggest ever overnight cut to social security benefits.
'This is not the time': Tory MPs urge Boris Johnson to delay £6bn benefit cuts
Reply to ...
'British Renaissance has begun,' declares Brexit minister as nation hit by petrol and food shortages
Blame the Tories, not Unicef, for child poverty
Readers respond after the Conservative minister Jacob Rees-Mogg accused the UN agency of a `political stunt' for stepping in to help feed deprived children in the UK during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Further Tory nonsense ...
Jacob Rees-Mogg suggests 'the weather' is to blame for UK's sky-high coronavirus death toll
British fog is to blame for many coal monoxide deaths in 19th century London, not much needed industry ...
Over 200 years of deadly London air: smogs, fogs, and pea soupers
Get our sovereignty back ...
Brexiteers and Buccaneers
United Kingdom the Land of Liberty and the Free
Did George Washington ever mention King George in a speech after July 4th 1776? 😂 💵