Chris Mason: What was behind Sunak's mini Budget?

What was behind Rishi Sunak's mini Budget?

May 26, 2022 by BBC

Key Facts

  • If you allowed yourself to think just for a moment that there might have been a bit of cheap politicking going on with it all being set out just after all those bumpy headlines about wines and fines, parties and pizza, well, yes, there was an element of news management going on.
  • When I met the Chancellor Rishi Sunak, in the click and collect zone of a DIY shop in Watford in Hertfordshire - he was there to do a question and answer session with staff - he told me "categorically" the package of measures had not been rushed out to bump all those Partygate headlines off the front pages.
  • WINDFALL A big spending, big taxing chancellor by any modern standards was saying he would do more of both, with a big dollop of extra borrowing on the side too.
  • It was, though, he argued, "pragmatic," given the scale of the challenge so many people are facing at the moment with prices shooting up - and it helps pay for the measures he announced.

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