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‘This is why I voted for Sunak’ says Welsh Conservative asked to defend Truss economic plans

30 Sep 2022 3 minute read
Sam Kurtz, newly elcted MS for Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire

A Welsh Conservative Senedd Member has said that “this is why I voted for Rishi Sunak” when asked to defend Liz Truss’ economic plans.

Sam Kurtz however said that it was “completely unfair” for the First Minister to claim that the UK Government’s mini-budget had “kicked” ordinary people.

The member for Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire said that Liz Truss should “hold firm” with her fiscal plans, but the UK Government needs to be “clear with people” about what it will entail.

“What Mark Drakeford said about the mini-budget kicking ordinary people was completely unfair,” he said in an interview with S4C’s Y Byd yn ei Le.

“If we look at the package that has come out to help people with electricity bills over the winter, it’s massive,” he said. “That is going to help families across Wales and across the UK.

“Things are happening all over the world at the moment. If we look at what is happening with the Euro, what is happening in Japan. The problem is that the dollar at the moment is very strong.

“The Prime Minister has a new economic strategy. At the moment we’re going to borrow the money over the next few years.

“This is why I voted for Rishi Sunak – because his economic strategy is something I felt more comfortable with. But this is what the Prime Minister thinks – and this is how the UK’s political strategy could develop in the future.

“If we hold firm, as she is saying, as the UK Government is saying, things could improve in the future. And I hope she’s correct in that.”

‘Clear with people’

Liz Truss and Kwasi Kwarteng will meet with the head of the Office of Budget Responsibility today, in the latest effort by the pair to reassure markets and voters that the economic turmoil of recent days is under control.

Sam Kurtz called on the Fiscal Responsibility Office to publish its statement on the economy earlier than 23 November in order to clear up any uncertainty in the markets about what the budget would entail.

Now they “should bring [the report] forward,” he said.

“Before November now I believe they must be more clear with the information,” Sam Kurtz said. “This is what is going to happen over the next few weeks, months and this is where we must come to in the future.”

“If they are clear with people, this is what we want to reach towards, I believe people will agree, this is the way to go.”


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Ceramike
Ceramike
2 months ago

The stupidity and arrogance of Truss and Kwarteng has plunged the UK economy into crisis. There refusal to allow independent scrutiny of their massive borrowing plans and tax giveaway has made that borrowing hugely more costly for the nation. This will affect all of us and future generations for years to come.
They can hardly say they weren’t warned or that the reckless manner in which they acted would not create a negative reaction in the financial markets and the international banking community.
Their first actions in power has proved beyond doubt that they are wholly unfit for office.

Kerry Davies
Kerry Davies
2 months ago

Another moron trying to link Sunak’s cost of living support with Kamikwasi’s insane theft in the mini budget.
THEY ARE NOT RELATED, DIPSTICK!

Alan Jones
Alan Jones
1 month ago

Yet another Tory plus Lizzie dripping on regional radio & it seems most everyone else missing the point completely when listening to the government rhetoric regarding the package in place to supposedly alleviate the hardship heading our way very soon, that is, if the government had taken the right coarse of action & implemented the full windfall tax on the energy companies from the off, then the need to offer the payments (from the public purse as usual) would have been null & void. More smoke & mirrors from this deceitful bunch of crooks masquerading as a government.

Richard
Richard
1 month ago

Kwarteng and Truss knew the outcome of the mini budget. One of Truss’s economic advisors warned her, Sunak warned her for 8 weeks. The mini budget was deliberate: crash the pound, increase debt, need to bring in austerity, reduce welfare state.

Valerie Matthews
Valerie Matthews
1 month ago

The whole modus operandi of this Tory administration is to further enrich the wealthy, Why? because those are the ones who pay huge sums to support Tort MPs .Truss, alone had received 1.5 MILLION during her campaign, So to ‘balance the books’ (haha!) they are intent on robbing the poor of what little they have, Unless this Country gets up on its hind legs and refuses to accept this behaviour any more. Many will die in poverty this Winter!

David Smith
David Smith
1 month ago

Perhaps time to put country before party, chief? Although I shan’t be holding my breath.

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