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Senior minister says no one in the Cabinet thought Kwarteng’s mini-budget was a ‘bad idea’

18 Oct 2022 2 minute read
Prime Minister Liz Truss hosts her first cabinet meeting last month. Photo Frank Augstein. PA Images

No one in Liz Truss’s top ministerial team thought the mini-budget which unleashed market turmoil was a bad idea.

Armed Forces Minister James Heappey said that when the ideas were presented to Cabinet by then-chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng no one recognised the problems it would cause.

The whole Cabinet had not been consulted on the plans, which included the abolition of the 45p rate of income tax for top earners, but Mr Heappey said minister viewed the mini-budget as “coherent with a desire to drive growth”.

Almost all of the measures announced by Mr Kwarteng on September 23 were abandoned on Monday by his successor Jeremy Hunt after the financial markets reacted badly to the £45 billion of unfunded tax cuts contained in the mini-budget.

Mr Heappey, who attends Cabinet meetings, told Times Radio: “It would be completely disingenuous to claim that on that morning, when the Cabinet was presented with the mini-budget, that there was anybody sat around the table who said that it was a bad idea.

“Each and every one of the measures within it were coherent with a desire to drive growth.

“I think what the Cabinet failed collectively to recognise, is that it was an awful lot of measures being unleashed simultaneously on unsuspecting markets and the reaction from the markets is clear.”

He said Ms Truss has accepted that “the international economic situation is not really in a place where intervention like that would be possible”.


Shadow Treasury chief secretary Pat McFadden said: “The frank admission that they all approved the disastrous mini-budget shows the Conservatives have lost all economic credibility.

“They couldn’t run a bath let alone a major G7 economy.

“They have put a Tory premium on people’s mortgages and reduced the UK to nervously watching its gilt yields day by day.

“Labour will match the financial stability the country needs with a proper plan for growth based on the efforts of the whole country, not tired and failed trickle down economics.”

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1 year ago

Take a look at the photograph. Here we have a collection of a self-serving bunch of incompetents who should be removed from office immediately before they do any further damage to the economy. Roll on independence.

Last edited 1 year ago by Frank
1 year ago

Proof, that ideology and not common sense is behind the current Tory party thinking. This type of ideology, the Milton Friedman style economics, has failed in the past during the Reagan era, and has been debunked.

Y Tywysog Lloegr a Moscow
Y Tywysog Lloegr a Moscow
1 year ago

Everyone thought it was a good idea? Not just Kamikwasi who should have been sacked then

Last edited 1 year ago by Y Tywysog Lloegr a Moscow

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