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RISHI SUNAK’S five key promises, made shortly after becoming Prime Minister in January, have turned into five failures according to figures showing ministers’ lack of progress since then.
The PM has repeatedly said the government is “laser-focused” on his pledges to halve inflation this year, cut NHS waiting lists, get national debt falling, grow the economy and “stop the boats.”
But the Tories have left the country’s finances, health and international reputation in tatters – all while stripping back hard-fought for civil liberties.
Taking his pledges in turn, inflation remains the highest in the G7 –with RPI still at an eye-watering 10.7 per cent in June.
NHS waiting lists in England this week hit a new record high of 7.6 million.
And Britain’s debt pile was bigger than its economic output in June – the first time this has happened in more than 60 years.
Today’s 0.2 per cent growth in Q2 GDP was hailed as an unexpected win for Britain’s spluttering economy, which the Bank of England says will remain sluggish for years to come.
And dangerous refugee crossings not only set a new record for the month of June, but fresh arrivals on Thursday saw the total number of people risking their lives to cross the English Channel on small boats reach 100,000 for the first time since 2018.
A lot of parliamentary time and Britain’s international standing was lost before the controversial Illegal Migration Act was passed shortly before the summer recess.
But with its flagship policy of sending those deemed to have entered Britain illegally either to Rwanda or another “safe” third country facing a Supreme Court battle, the Tories have been hinting Britain could leave the European Convention on Human Rights to enable the scheme.
Since Mr Sunak pledged at the start of the year that NHS waiting “lists will fall and people will get the care they need more quickly,” numbers have soared to new record highs.
Data published by NHS England on Thursday revealed 7.6 million people were waiting to start treatment at the end of June, the highest since records began, up from 7.5 million in May.
Joseph Rowntree Foundation chief economist Alfie Stirling said today the 0.2 per cent growth figure “means little to the 7.3 million low-income families who right now are going without essentials like heating, eating and adequate clothing.”
No 10 was approached for comment.
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