Rishi Sunak ended his spring statement by trumpeting the fact he’s responsible for the biggest personal tax cut in a generation – reminding many of his supposed leadership ambitions.
To burnish his credentials, Sunak set out on a media round – with disastrous results. A photo of him filling up a car while wearing a mic, abjectly failing to use contactless, and footage of him telling a reporter “we all have different breads in our house” all invited mockery.
Delivered as income for Brits faced the biggest drop since the 1950s, it was hoped Sunak’s Spring Statement would provide relief for millions struggling with the cost of living crisis.
He announced a 5p cut to fuel duty, and raised the National Insurance threshold by £3,000, but the Joseph Rowntree foundation estimated 600,000 people would be pulled into poverty as a result of the mini-budget.
In the hours after Sunak left the despatch box, he embarked on a media round to promote the economic measures.
Fresh off the back of a 5p cut to fuel tax, Asda announced it would be cutting the price of petrol by 6p a litre. Eager to highlight the headline policy from the Spring Statement, Sunak tweeted a photo of himself at the pump, filling up a Kia Rio.