Record View: Rishi Sunak brought shame on government leaving D-Day anniversary early

Rishi Sunak
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D-Day veterans gathered in Normandy this week to remember an event that defined World War II.

The Allied invasion of occupied France in June 1944 opened a second front against the Nazis and hastened the demise of Hitler.

Many veterans are now close to their 100th year. But those who took part in the 80th anniversary events displayed a dignified determination to remember their pals who never made it home.

The official commemoration in Normandy saw politicians and military top brass from around the world gather to pay their respects.

Rishi Sunak was among them. But rather than representing the UK with dignity, his leaving early has brought shame on him and his Government.

The Prime Minister is a busy man. There is an election campaign to fight.

But the anniversary of D-Day is an event where petty politics should be put to one side.

Labour leader Keir Starmer and First Minister John Swinney both acted with due respect.

But Sunak rushed back to the UK to film a media interview as his Tory lies on Labour tax plans started to crumble.

The PM’s team were apparently anxious to refute allegations Sunak had misled voters in a TV debate with Keir Starmer.

But the fact he went along with this plan says all you need to know about Sunak’s judgment and the idiocy of those at the top of the Tory party.

Insulting our brave veterans by bailing on such a solemn occasion is appalling.

Sunak has issued an apology. But the hurt and anger caused by this snub will live long in the memory.

It’s further proof the Tories need to be removed from power.

Housing betrayal

The Scottish Government was right to declare a national housing emergency last month.

It followed similar statements from local authorities, including Glasgow and Edinburgh city councils.

Homelessness is at record levels, with 10,000 children languishing in temporary accommodation.

This is not acceptable in a modern society. But there is no point in just declaring an emergency and not doing anything about it.

Social Justice Secretary Shirley-Anne Somerville had previously said a plan would be published.

But that has now been ruled out by SNP housing minister Paul McLennan.

This is defying the will of the Scottish Parliament and ruins the Scottish Government’s credibility.

Clearly the SNP needs to step up and bring forward a plan to sort out the housing crisis.

We need action to solve this housing crisis, not just dramatic words.

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