Rishi Sunak’s spring statement received a lukewarm response from Fleet Street headline writers on Wednesday night after the chancellor was criticized for not offering more help to the poorest Britons facing a sharp drop in the level of life.
Sunak promised tax cuts for millions of workers to tackle runaway inflation and the economic impact of the war in Ukraine, but was accused of being “woefully out of touch with the reality facing millions of families” after failing to announce a profit improvement. .
Paul Johnson, director of the Institute for Fiscal Studies, said after Sunak’s speech to the House of Commons that “what really stands out today is what was missing,” in particular help for the poorest households facing rising energy bills.
Many of Thursday’s newspaper front pages were similarly scathing.
the independent’The cover of its app edition highlights how the UK is facing its “biggest drop in living standards on record”, a detail also picked up by The daily telegraph.
the I goes into the same theme, but emphasizes that standards are falling at the fastest rate since post-war rationing.
The Guardians‘s headline reads: “Cost of Living Rises: And Sunak Squeezes the Poorest.”
the daily star is, as always, more forceful in his assessment, describing it as the “Up yours mini-budget” which he says contained the “usual load of nonsense of a toothy, grinning, insincere, rich politician”.
The slogan jokes that the country should be “damn thankful” that everyone will be “worse off than the 1950s” and adds, with not-so-subtle sarcasm, that the cost-of-living crisis is “NOT the fault of from absolutely no one.” EVERYONE in the government”.
the daily expressusually in solidarity with the government of Boris Johnson, opts for the headline: “The forgotten millions say: what about us?”.
the subway highlights those who struggle to pay for energy to cook, saying simply, “There’s no heat to eat”, with the slogan “The reality behind the mini budget”.
the daily mirror he tells the chancellor “thanks for nothing” as he highlights what he says is a lack of help coping with rising energy bills and for “distressed retirees”.
business free sheet city i am calls the spring statement “Rishi Rishi’s balancing act.”
Sun He demotes the story to second place behind a splash about Russia’s apparent bid to host the Euro 2028 soccer tournament, but finds space to sum up the chancellor’s announcement as “fiscal gain but still pain”.
the daily mail he simply urges Sunak to “cut taxes even more.”