Instead of higher wages, the British public has so far only faced higher prices. Inflation has risen faster than ever since 1, and rising global gas prices are putting more pressure on people’s lives, making energy more expensive than anywhere else in Europe.
While other governments, in Spain and Italy, have ensured that struggling families will be spared rising costs, the Conservatives have made no such concessions. Three million families in Britain are already living in “fuel poverty,” choosing between heating and eating in the winter. After the Conservatives raised a limit on energy prices in October, that number is expected to increase by another half million.
Johnson nevertheless claims that he has given British conservatism a beautiful look. He speaks of the “leveling up” and “turbocharging” of the leftist community. But his government’s behavior indicates otherwise.
Sep0 In September, it ended a program that compensated people up to 0 percent of income lost during the epidemic. And by October, the Conservatives will cut Britain’s universal welfare program, Universal Credit, by ২০ 20 a week, or $ 2,-just as more people will rely on it. The largest single decline in the welfare state in British history, it is predicted to push half a million people, including 200,000 children, below the poverty line. (Newly announced নতুন 500 million, or 3 673 million, a newly announced winter hardship fund will do little to soften as much as 12 times its size.)
From the energy crisis to poverty, this deadly confluence has been described by many as the “perfect storm.” Yet the metaphor erases the active role of the Conservatives – and in particular, the Prime Minister – in the orchestrating of this predictable state. The dark winter ahead is making them.
But Johnson is less likely to bear the consequences of his actions. His government, depending on the overwhelming majority, remains secure. And for him, crisis is always an opportunity. A master shape-shifter, helpless by any sense of accountability or honesty, he improves in adverse conditions. The rest of the country will not be so lucky.