The Long and Short of It.
No doubt about it, in Rachel Reeve's right of reply over Sunak's budget, Rachel reduced so-called 'Dishy Rishi' to 'Wishy-Washy Rishi'. She completely exploded Sunak's budget word by word and sentence by sentence. Rachel was not even supposed to be speaking that day. Sir Keir Starmer, should have been present, to comment on the budget and face Boris, at PMQs. However, Sir Keir, could not be there as he was isolating, due to suspected COVID. One time Labour leader, Ed Miliband, stood in for Sir Keir with Ed, now holding the post of Shadow Business Secretary, in the shadow cabinet. This situation enabled Rachel Reeves to launch a withering attack, on Sunak's budget. Of course, for Rachel, it's early days as Shadow Chancellor, but she seems a more able opponent to Sunak than her predecessor Anneliese Dodds (no disrespect).
Sky News has commissioned the opinion poll company Opinium to ask people their thought, on Sunak's budget. Voters according to this poll, are largely in favour of the budget's content. Also, the budget is seen as the work of Chancellor Sunak, yet it seems to have the hands of Boris all over it when it comes to policy.
Boris and Sunak hold a 15 point lead over Sir Keir and Rachel Reeves. That is 40% to 25%. According to Opinium, most people thought the policies outlined in the budget, were a good idea.
The one area of Sunak's budget that did not get overwhelming approval was the reestablishment of 0.7 % of foreign aid. Opinium found that:
39% approved the budget.
21% disapproved of the budget.
When it came to how the budget would affect their finances:
18 % positive.
28 % negative.
46 % no difference.
The increase in the minimum wage to £9.50 from next year was largely approved. The taper rate in Universal Credit was also approved of, allowing recipients, to keep more of the money. Sunak was attacked by his own side and opposition parties when he ended the £20.00 uplift to Universal Credit. So, it seems Sunak and Boris, have allowed people to keep more of their Universal Credit, to stave off criticism of the ending of the £20.00 uplift.
So it would appear yet again, Labour has a mountain to climb when it comes, to approval ratings, if this Opinium poll is true. Constantly, again and again, it seems in most cases, Labour always lags behind the Tories. This Opinium poll was commissioned by Sky News and supposedly spoke to a representative sample of the UK public.
However, another opinion poll may say something else. Opinion polls can be correct or incorrect. How successful Sunak's budget will be and how things pan out for it, taking in public approval, will remain to be seen.