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DAILY MAIL COMMENT: Jeremy Hunt trashes his party’s low-tax values

Could it be that Jeremy Hunt has forgotten that he is supposed to be a Tory?

We ask for this because the very foundation of conservatism is a low-tax state that rewards hard work, initiative, and thrift.

On the contrary, the Chancellor has embraced the orthodoxy of the big state Treasury, which is hostile to his party’s core values.

It has left beleaguered families and businesses groaning under the heaviest tax burden since the war. True, he wants to repair the nation’s finances after the astronomical lending binge during the pandemic.

Could it be that Jeremy Hunt has forgotten that he is supposed to be a Tory? We ask this because the very foundation of conservatism is a low-tax state that rewards hard work, initiative, and thrift.

But by quietly ruling out a review of the Treasury Department’s tax system, he has raised fears that it is not serious about reducing Britain’s ruinously high burden anytime soon.

This would be pointing two fingers at voters who will now fear the state will take even more of their dwindling revenues.

The Mail believes that this is a serious mistake. The study, commissioned by his chastened predecessor Kwasi Kwarteng, sought to simplify, streamline and make taxation fairer.

This was intended to ease the financial pain of families and make the UK considerably more competitive, which in turn would have led to more growth, job creation and prosperity for all.

That, Mr Hunt, is the Tory way.

a shameful injustice

How warped the priorities of the police have become. Once upon a time, officers investigated crime, protected private property, and brought criminals to justice.

But dial 999 if your home has been broken into and ransacked, a terrifying experience, and you’ll be lucky the local police shrug it off.

As a former police supervisor says, it is simply unacceptable that more than a million cases of robbery and theft have been deemed unworthy of investigation because a suspect could not be identified.

How Warped The Priorities Of The Police Have Become.  Once Upon A Time, Officers Investigated Crime, Protected Private Property, And Brought Criminals To Justice.

How warped the priorities of the police have become. Once upon a time, officers investigated crime, protected private property, and brought criminals to justice.

If the police think this is an acceptable way to treat crime victims, it’s tempting to conclude that they’ve been inhaling too much on calls to cannabis farms (if they still bother to investigate them).

However, if someone says something nasty on Twitter, you’re bound to ask questions.

These failures, in addition to making police chiefs obsessed with wasting resources on diversity managers instead of police officers, tell criminals they can act with impunity. Is it any wonder that crime is on the rise in Britain’s Wild West?

predators on parade

On becoming head of the British armed forces last year, Admiral Sir Tony Radakin complained that there were too few women in the service.

Today, one might reasonably ask: Why would a woman want to enlist? Hot on the heels of horrifying cases of sexual abuse in the Royal Navy and the Red Arrows, the Army has been drawn into the scandal.

Dozens of servicewomen have reported being assaulted at Sandhurst. This comes after an investigation into the suicide of cadet Olivia Perks exposed a culture of inappropriate conduct among instructors and recruits.

That the renowned officer training academy is apparently a fertile hunting ground for predators is shameful. By potentially deterring future military talent, it also risks weakening the nation as a fighting force.

Thousands of troops carry out their duties with exceptional skill, respect and courage. The problem is that they are being let down because a toxic culture festers in many corners of the military. It must be mercilessly exposed and eradicated.

HSBC has been named and shamed as the worst offender for closing branches in the UK – nearly 750 in just eight years. This is part of the company’s relentless march toward digital services. But for millions of people who deal in cash, especially the elderly and small businesses, it causes real hardship. Not long ago, HSBC bragged about being “the world’s home bank.” How laughable that seems. Now it’s not even the local bank in countless cities and towns.

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