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SUNAK: NOTHING TO OFFER THE WORKERS

by New Worker correspondent

RISHI SUNAK steps into Downing Street this week pledging to fix the “mistakes” of the Truss government and restore stability in the financial market. But the new Tory leader, who ended Truss’ disastrous 44 days in office on Monday, made it clear that he has nothing to offer working people.

Warning that there will be “difficult decisions to come”, Sunak said: “Right now, our country is facing a profound economic crisis…I will place economic stability and confidence at the heart of this government’s agenda. This will mean difficult decisions to come.”

To Tory cheers in the House of Commons, the new Prime Minister said: “My record is, when times are difficult in this country I will always protect the most vulnerable. We did it in Covid and we will do that again.”

Rishi Sunak became prime minister on Tuesday after meeting King Charles at Buckingham Palace, where the monarch asked him to form a government following the resignation of Liz Truss.

Left the only candidate standing in the Tory leadership race, after Boris Johnson and Penny Mordaunt failed to get the 100 MP nominations required to get on the ballot paper, the 42-year-old former Chancellor became Britain’s third PM in a year on Monday.

The youngest premier in modern British history may have played his cards right to get to the top but he’s got a difficult job ahead of him. Labour is still some 30 points ahead in the opinion polls. Inflation has topped 10 per cent. Food costs keep rising and gas shortages due to the continuing sanctions regime on Russia will send energy bills soaring in the winter.

But the 42-year-old former Chancellor says he will deliver on the Tory manifesto, including a stronger NHS, better schools, safer streets, levelling up and building an economy that embraces the opportunities of Brexit.

Sunak’s elevation, inevitable after he won the Tory leadership election unopposed under new rules devised to stop Boris Johnson standing, calmed the volatile financial market in the City and boosted the pound against the dollar.

But it cut no ice with Sir Keir Starmer, who led the opposition pack in saying Sunak had no mandate from the people and clamouring for a new general election.

“The only time he ran in a competitive election, he got trounced by the former prime minister, who herself got beaten by a lettuce,” the Labour leader told MPs in a mocking reference to the shelf-life of a lettuce used by the tabloid Daily Star to measure the time Truss would spend in Downing Street.

Starmer, in top form, then told his Shadow Cabinet that Sunak was a “weak” man who “who will have to put his party first and the country second”.

“Rishi Sunak stabbed Boris Johnson in the back when he thought he could get his job. And in the same way, he will now try and disown the Tory record of recent years and recent months and pretend that he is a new broom,” said Starmer.

“…he was also the Chancellor who left Britain facing the lowest growth of any developed country, the highest inflation and millions of people worried about their bills. And now he plans to make working people pay the price for the Tories crashing the economy.”

Starmer said Sunak “has only ever fought one leadership election battle his entire life and ‘got thrashed’ by Liz Truss. No wonder he doesn’t want to fight a general election”.