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Rocketing petrol prices fuel Boris Johnson’s woes

Rocketing petrol prices fuel Boris Johnson’s woes

Rocketing petrol prices fuel Boris Johnson’s woes

Boris Johnson recovering following minor nose surgery (credits:google)

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  • Boris Johnson vows to address Britain’s cost-of-living crisis.
  • He is under pressure to move on from a series of scandals, including lockdown-breaching parties.
  • The cost of filling up the average family car surpassed £100 ($125) for the first time.
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Boris Johnson, Britain’s struggling prime minister, vowed on Thursday to address the country’s cost-of-living crisis, including unpopular new measures to increase property ownership.

Johnson is under pressure to move on from a series of scandals, including lockdown-breaching parties in Downing Street, after narrowly surviving a no-confidence vote among his own Conservative MPs on Monday.

 

He vowed new changes “to assist people decrease costs in every aspect of household expenditure — from food to energy to childcare to transportation and housing” in a speech in Blackpool, northwest England.

“In dealing with such demands, this government is on the side of the British population,” Johnson asserted.

According to the RAC motoring club, the depth of the inflationary issue affecting millions of Britons was highlighted when the cost of filling up the average family car surpassed £100 ($125) for the first time.

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For hard-pressed drivers, RAC spokesperson Simon Williams described it as “a very gloomy day,” and urged the government to reduce petrol and diesel sales taxes.

Johnson claimed that many of the causes of the problem were beyond the government’s control, such as the Covid epidemic and the war in Ukraine.

However, with two difficult by-elections coming up this month, disgruntled Tory MPs want more drastic measures, such as tax cuts for the top 40% of earners.

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has cautioned that Britain either cut taxes or increase expenditure if it is to avoid having the weakest economic growth in the industrialised world next year.

In Blackpool, Johnson did not guarantee any such cuts, though he and his finance minister, Rishi Sunak, are planning another tax-focused speech in the coming days.

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Johnson did warn against a “wage-price spiral” among workers, and he signalled that he would not make a deal with Britain’s largest rail union, which plans to shut down the network this month to lobby for higher pay.

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