Rishi Sunak accused of ‘robbing the poor to pay the rich’ ‒ support dwindles as bills soar

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On Thursday, February 3, Express.co.uk asked its readers: “Do you think Rishi Sunak would be a good Brexit Prime Minister after Boris Johnson?” A whopping total of 4,761 votes were cast, with the overwhelming majority voting “no”.

The poll, which ran from 10am to 3pm, saw 4,271 (90 percent) of those who voted saying no, they don’t believe Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak would make a good Prime Minister for Brexit Britain.

Just 396 (eight percent) of those who took part voted “yes”.

A further 94 votes (two percent) said they didn’t know either way.

Overwhelmingly, readers expressed the sentiment that Mr Sunak wasn’t in touch with working-class Britain and therefore lacked the ability to deliver what the people need.

One reader with the username Kingedward01 commented: “No, he’s only interested in the super rich and has no idea how normal families live.”

Another, Halpilk, said: “No, he has no sense of the value of money (or lack of it).

And another, with the username Welsh Rarebit, said he was “robbing the poor to pay the rich”, pointing to the suspension of the pension triple lock, increasing National Insurance tax and soaring energy bills.

Many readers felt Mr Sunak, who is married to the daughter of an Indian billionaire, couldn’t understand what it really meant to need politics to solve the problems of people in Britain.

One, named as EvilEm, wrote: “How can a multi-millionaire have any clue about the struggles of most of us?

“He’s in the rich get richer, the poor get poorer brigade!”

However, readers didn’t express much faith in Boris Johnson, either, with username REDTOON1892 claiming they’re “all tarred with the same Westminster brush”.

Others expressed frustration over Mr Sunak’s new measures, announced on Thursday, designed to combat the cost of living crisis.

The measures include an energy bills rebate which will provide around 28 million households with an upfront discount on their bills worth £200.

Energy suppliers will apply the discount to domestic electricity customers from October, with the Government meeting the costs.

The discount will then be automatically recovered from people’s bills in £40 instalments over the next five years.

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This will begin in 2023 when global wholesale gas prices are expected to start coming down.

“Sunak is essentially lending the UK taxpayers their own money in a bid to buy their support,” one Express.co.uk reader — MaveDave — said.

Indeed, critics have said this “rebate and clawback” scheme is a risky move.

Torsten Bell, chief executive of the Resolution Foundation think tank, has branded the scheme as a “political gamble”.

He said: “Higher bills tomorrow for not quite such a big bill rise today is a massive political gamble.

“People will be paying for 2022’s energy bills when they go to vote in 2024.

“The only benefit of this approach is it keeps it largely off Government books.”

Express.co.uk readers appear in agreement: Mr Sunak wouldn’t get their vote if asked to lead Brexit Britain today.

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