Declaring the end of austerity should have been an easy assignment but the chancellor blew it

Sajid Javid promises’ decade of renewal’At a glance: the chancellor’s crucial point

It should have been a breeze for Sajid Javid. The new chancellor had fund to spend. He was primed to announce that the years of austerity were over. After years of belt-tightening, it was the easiest of gigs. Yet somehow he managed to muff it.

Javid’s job was relatively simple. He had to announce large-scale increases in the budgets for the NHS, education, the police and public investment, while insisting he was not engaged in a cynical, pre-election ploy.

( September 4, 2019)

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