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.”
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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.”