Talking Point: Do you agree with Rishi Sunak defending tax hikes?

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Chancellor Rishi Sunak speaking at the Conservative Party conference in Manchester (Peter Byrne/PA) (PA Wire)
Chancellor Rishi Sunak speaking at the Conservative Party conference in Manchester (Peter Byrne/PA) (PA Wire)

Rishi Sunak defended Government tax hikes in his first in-person speech to the Tory conference today.

Letting debt pile up for future generations was “immoral,” said the Chancellor, standing by his strategy to restore public finances after £370 billion worth of spending during the pandemic.

“Just borrowing more money and stacking up bills for future generations to pay is not just economically irresponsible, it is immoral.

“Yes, I want tax cuts. But in order to do that our public finances must be put back on a sustainable footing.”

“I believe that mindless ideology is dangerous. I care about what works, not about the purity of any dogma,” he added, before emphasising his belief that the “only sustainable route out of poverty comes from having a good job.”

Do you agree with Sunak’s defence of tax rises? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below for the chance to be featured on the ES website.

Friday’s Talking Point: What needs to be done to end violence against women?

Lots of you got in touch last week with valuable suggestions about how to tackle violence against women.

Manuelaway13 said: “Ending patriarchy in society. Raising young boys teaching respect for girls/women. These are just a starting point...”

Nickysummer_bougie suggested: “Vetting police staff at the outset; immediate tough penalties for misogyny - which should now be classified as ahate crime #enoughisenough.”

Andersscosta similarly added “stricter laws and harsher penalties,” while carine_berdovic said: “give them tools at school, colleges, universities, work place.”

Jerkroyalseasoning, meanwhile, said: “Education and a rebalancing of society in terms of employment and judiciary and politics.”

And rafvalmont pointed to Cressida Dick in particular, saying “replace Cressida Dick with a real leader who, for starters, can spot the evil from within the Met.”

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