Britain faces the highest tax burden since the Second World War, just as we head into recession and the worst crash in living standards for decades. Make no mistake, all workers will have to pay higher “stealth” taxes because of Jeremy Hunt’s decision in today’s brutal Autumn Statement to freeze personal allowances, basic and higher thresholds, until 2028. What’s more, it’s the middle-income earners and families with young children and big mortgages who are going to be clobbered the most. By 2028, someone earning £50,000 will be paying £1,893 more in tax.
Boris Johnson insisted there was “no other tool” than a full lockdown to control the virus in March 2020, as he began his much-anticipated two-day testimony at the Covid Inquiry today.