Rishi Sunak
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Secure a better future for our country – Sunak calls election

With so many Tories defecting to Labour his choices were to defect himself or call an election. He has opted to try an election. Sunak is confident that come the 4th July there will be someone continuing the blue policies.

Large numbers of Tory MPs have announced that they will not be standing in the next election. Many presumably lacking the confidence that they stand a chance of getting re-elected. Some have opted to cross over to join the Labour ranks.

Bouyed up by the success he has had with his five pledges that people can hold him to account for, Sunak is certain that the next six weeks will be eventful.

Halving inflation

With inflation at 10.7% in the last quarter of 2022, the goal was to reduce inflation to 5.3% or lower in the last quarter of 2023. The Consumer Prices Index (CPU) was at 4.2% during the end of 2023., This was below half the rate it was a year earlier so he made good on that pledge.


However, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) has pointed to lower energy costs as the biggest factor pulling inflation down – a global, not a domestic factor.


Growing the economy

While he was a bit vague on what measure this should be based on, most economists would look at Gross Domestic Product (GDP), which is a measure of all the activity of companies, governments and individuals. By this measure the economy grew by only 0.1% in the whole of 2023. The economy fell into recession at the end of 2023.


Reducing government debt

When governments talk about reducing debt, it almost always mean as a proportion of GDP.

In February government debt stood at 97.1% of the size of the economy. This compares with a value of 94.8% in February 2023.


Cutting NHS waiting lists

“NHS waiting lists will fall and people will get the care they need more quickly.”

There are now 300,000 more people on the NHS waiting list compared to when Mr Sunak came to office.


Stopping small boats

Channeling the spirit of King Canute, Sunak declared that he would stop refugees coming over the Channel in small boats. He has gambled everything on the deterrence factor of his Rwanda bill. The Rwanda scheme has yet to see one migrant removed to Rwanda, although he is confident the first aeroplane load will fly early in July. In terms of deterrence this year is set to see at least as many crossings as last year. So no deterrence and no stopping of the boats.


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