Boris Johnson warned of National Insurance 'gamble' by MP
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Boris Johnson’s Tory Government secured an approval rating of 42 percent on March 30, 2020 as the Cabinet battled against the raging coronavirus pandemic. But almost 18 months later and the Prime Minister is not faring so well in the polls, with approval rating have dipped to lows of 27 percent in November, with 54 percent saying they disapproved of Mr Johnson.
And he’s continued to take a battering in the polls as the months have dragged on.
According to the latest poll taken on September 6 by YouGov, 49 percent of respondents to the question “Do you approve or disapprove of the Government’s record to date?” said they did not approve of the current Conservative Government.
The percentage of people who said they approved was 27 percent, while 20 percent said they don’t know.
The poll, which you can see below, surveyed between 1,610 and 3,326 British adults per wave.
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And the approval polls could change again, after Boris Johnson announced yesterday that he will raise National Insurance by 1.25 percentage points from next April, making the average earner hundreds of pounds worse off.
A YouGov poll found voters were split in their views on the national insurance rise.
Some 44 percent of those asked supported the move, while 43 percent were opposed.
Among Conservative voters there was 59 percent support and 34 percent opposition, while only a third of Labour supporters backed the move, with 55 percent in opposition.
Under the new levy a typical basic-rate taxpayer earning £24,100 would pay £180 more a year.
The extra funds will be used to pay for social care costs and the NHS backlog caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
Taxes will reach their highest sustained levels in the UK since World War II – a move many have condemned considering the burden is proportionally higher on lower earners.
The rise breaks a very explicit part of the Tory’s 2019 election manifesto – which claimed there would be no tax rises in the next five years.
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The Prime Minister also refused to rule out more tax rises before the 2024 election.
Mr Johnson sought to quell the widespread disapproval by blaming it on the coronavirus pandemic.
Mr Johnson will attempt to convince MPs of his plans in the House of Commons later today.
The Prime Minister is expected to address the influential 1922 committee of backbench Tory MPs ahead of the vote on Wednesday.
Backbench discomfort surrounding the Prime Minister is growing quickly following a spate of unpopular decisions on issues including aid cuts and vaccine passports – but the vote is still expected to pass.
Labour and the Liberal Democrats have said they will oppose the measures in Parliament on Wednesday, but former Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said he thought the Government would win the vote.
He told the BBC: “I can’t really imagine any backbenchers wanting to turn round to their own constituents and say they tried to vote down extra money for the NHS and care system.”
Health Secretary Sajid Javid said: “These are the acts of a responsible and serious government.
“As Health and Social Care Secretary, I can certainly point to the huge challenges – fair to say the biggest challenges in our lifetime – that the NHS and social care have faced.
“As a government you can either stand back and leave it as ‘business as usual’, or you can address it and help tackle these challenges.”
Mr Javid has also refused to say whether the NHS backlog would be cleared in this period, saying: “We’re going to try and tackle as much of the backlog as we can.”
Keir Starmer, the Labour leader, said NICs increase was unfair on working families – but did not put forward his own plan.
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