Rishi mission to fix Britain
LABOUR wants the next election to be about change.
Rishi Sunak is determined to have effected huge change himself before then.
Brits would find it hard to imagine these current problems getting much worse[/caption]
And a welcome change it will certainly be if, unlike his most recent predecessors, he actually delivers on his unambiguous pledges yesterday.
But we are where we are.
There will be time later for more ambition and vision — and the tax cuts we will sorely need.
For now, our economy and essential services are in disarray.
The most urgent task is to fix them.
It is tempting to argue that the PM’s plan — halving inflation, boosting growth, lowering debt, cutting NHS waiting lists and ending the small-boats migration scandal — is easy enough to achieve since it is hard to imagine those problems getting much worse.
They can all deteriorate further without decent leadership — especially with the Labour-backing hard-Left unions apparently bent on ensuring it, and global forces so volatile.
Make no mistake, succeeding on all five will be a major win for No10.
Mr Sunak conceded that this speech was about his general direction and focus . . . so details were sketchy.
But there was one we take issue with.
He was absolutely right to say “something has to change” in the NHS.
But it is disheartening to hear him also say the health service needs no “structural reform”.
How bad must things get before politicians admit this once-admirable system — which despite endless billions in new funding looks battered to the brink of defeat by multiple pressures — needs reinvention for our much bigger, older and weightier population?
That said, as an overall plan for 2023 Rishi’s is laudable and essential.
For all our sakes, he must make it work.
HOW many of the million-plus burglaries and thefts police gave up on last year were dropped due to their apathy and idleness?
Yes, some are hard to solve.
Rishi Sunak spoke yesterday of cracking down on junkie robbers and anti-social yobs[/caption]
The victim handed cops clear CCTV of a crook using his stolen bank card.
When they did nothing, he traced the villain via Facebook and collared him personally.
The fraudster pleaded guilty next day.
Rishi Sunak spoke yesterday of cracking down on junkie robbers and anti-social yobs.
Will his Home Secretary make police do that?
Or must the public do the job for them?