I think Keir Starmer speaks truth unto power here – and indeed Sunak shot himself in the foot – something that this Brexit government is decidedly adept at – by admitting that there was deadweight in his own proposals,
Of course government creates its own money so it is not that it is spending money that it doesn’t have – just that it is spending money uselessly (let us not forget that most Conservatives are inordinately frightened of inflation and so even they would be unlikely to like useless spending).
We have already seen major redundancies all round – most recently at John Lewis and Boots, so rewarding temporarily furloughed employees with a government funded employer reward seems particularly stupid when £1000 each is likely to be the least of their concerns – it is no wonder that HMRC has complained.
Sunak is supposed to be the richest MP in the House of Commons but he seems to be happy to reward others in a decidedly poor way.
I’m afraid I feel obliged to endorse Rebecca Long-Bailey’s comment (remember her?):
The Conservatives are not the party of aspiration, they’re the party of privilege, funded by those who want to protect their privilege.
Until we kick big money out of politics, our political system will be rigged in favour of the obscenely wealthy.