‘Tory Fibs’ may see this as a moral choice – but it is actually rather simpler than that….
I certainly liked this question from Ian Blackford to Johnson at PMQ’s yesterday, stating that other nations (he could have pointed out, but didn’t, that all the comparitor nations were in the Eurozone and so had much less flexibility than Britain with its own individual currency) have extended the furlough system to two years.
Britain’s scheme is based on a purely arbitrary cut-off date of October – which presumably seemed like a good time when it was a long way away in March. Johnson suggests Britain’s furlough scheme was more generous than the others – which, when it started it was. But now employers are having to pay National Insurance and pension contributions, which if you are doing minimal or no business is a decidedly unwelcome additional overhead.
Of course Johnson famously said F*** business.
For once he will be true to his word for that is what he is now starting to do.
And has he thought about the future when he’s done that?
He prattles on about the £2bn Kickstart scheme which will allegedly help youth into work. If you can offer new 6-month placements to young people, the government will fully fund their position.
But there have to be companies that see a future in order to offer future jobs. Tesco has, unsurprisingly, been an enthusiast for this scheme – but which other sector other than food retail sees a secure future?
Has it or will the government nurture any sectors of the economy to give our youth a future?
The answer is, till now, in the negative. Conservatives don’t seem capable of thinking for the future. It seems simply that they need to be assured that they personally, however obtained, have enough money and thereafter the waffling haystack and his friends are just devoid of ideas – except that is to f*** business.
That is the one policy promise that seems well on track.