A letter sent by the Prime Minister’s private secretary to the office of every Cabinet Minister reveals which issue is most worrying No 10.This from the government which has a deliberate policy to increase the price of electricity ... increase the price of gas ... make water scarcer ... increase foreign aid ... these are deliberate policies to make us poorer.
It begins: ‘Many households are struggling with the cost of living given falling real wages across the UK economy.
‘The Prime Minister wants to ensure that the Government as a whole is giving the highest priority to addressing the cost of living.’
Tory strategists know that anger at this issue is the biggest thing driving voters away from the party to Labour.
The Government’s perceived failure to act on this matter is, they fear, fuelling the toxic impression that it is ‘out of touch’.
So Ministers have been asked to inform No 10 of all issues within their remit that will hit consumers’ wallets over the next six months.
There is one big thing the Government could do to show that it gets it: scrap the fuel duty rise which is scheduled for August.
This would be expensive – it is a 3p-a-litre increase. But it would demonstrate better than anything else that the Coalition understands the pressures that family budgets are under.
The government are giving no priority at all to restricting rises in the cost of living.
Do these idiots really think such a false initiative will make any impression at all, except to strengthen perceptions of their ineptitude?