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£ touches record low & investors now betting on UK interest rates topping 6% by 1st half 2023.

Senior Tory MP: ‘What are the fiscal rules? How can markets be expected to come to a settled view if no framework for size of borrowing/timeframe on growth is set out by HMT’ 1/
Replying to @BethRigby
“I think on the politics of it, the headbanger brigade love top line tax cut narrative but don’t get that cost of borrowing is a line item we can’t ignore.” 2/
 
£ touches record low & investors now betting on UK interest rates topping 6% by 1st half 2023.

Senior Tory MP: ‘What are the fiscal rules? How can markets be expected to come to a settled view if no framework for size of borrowing/timeframe on growth is set out by HMT’ 1/
 
Beth Rigby Retweeted ·  
In reply to @EdConwaySky
Blimey. Investors are now better on UK interest rates topping 6 per cent by the first half of next year. You can see the expectations rising literally by the minute…
 
V significant via @Steven_Swinford. No new spending review despite high inflation. Spending envelope set when inflation set to peak at 4%. Now forecast at 11% in autumn (currently). So big squeeze on pub sector pay + difficult choices for schools & hospitals as budgets squeezed
Replying to @BethRigby
I wrote about this at start of term (before non-Budget Budget); spoke to @PJTheEconomist about the pressures on public services and on govt to increase spending due to inflation.
 
V significant via @Steven_Swinford. No new spending review despite high inflation. Spending envelope set when inflation set to peak at 4%. Now forecast at 11% in autumn (currently). So big squeeze on pub sector pay + difficult choices for schools & hospitals as budgets squeezed
THE TIMES: Pay pain for workers as public sector squeezed #TomorrowsPapersToday pic.twitter.com/SiimVPmikz
 
Beth Rigby Retweeted ·  
UPDATE:
Currency trading has begun in Asian markets and the pound is down another half cent vs the dollar.
Below $1.08.
Small fall compared with what we saw on Fri but v much NOT the direction the govt would have liked to see.
Could be a bumpy week.
Hold tight...
 
Beth Rigby Retweeted ·  
*NEW SIGNING!*

We're over-the-moon excited to announce that @janegarvey1 & @fifiglover are joining #TimesRadio to present a new live afternoon radio show together every Monday to Thursday.

Plus they'll be doing a new podcast.

It all starts on Mon 10 Oct. We cannot wait!
 
In reply to @RobBurl
Somehow I have missed this revelation! I will miss seeing you every day at LBC but @BethRigby is someone no one says no to! The very best of luck!
Replying to @IainDale @RobBurl and 1 otherfalse
I will show this tweet to my 13 year old son. See if he agrees! Thanks Iain. I’m absolutely delighted about it
 
Starmer on tax sets out the policy. Tells @bbclaurak would reverse the scrapping of the top rate 45p band. AND says he supports the 19p income tax cut (so Lab leader sets it out. Burnham and Miliband gave different answers)
 
Ed Miliband now tells @RidgeOnSunday that Labour would not reverse the Tories’ 1p cut in the basic rate of tax. “We won’t be reversing that”. Let’s see what Starmer (now on BBC) says….
In reply to @BethRigby
Lab response to tory tax gauntlet. Senior source: “We’ve said we’ll support 19p cut & vote against 45p. As for what we’ll do in govt, no sensible opposition gets into income tax specifics this far out from GE, esp when this lot can’t even publish OBR report on state of economy”
 
Beth Rigby Retweeted ·  
The chancellor has denied suggestions he is gambling with the economy as his raft of tax cuts were met with a hostile reception - and sent the pound plummeting to a 37-year low trib.al/5oSuu2z
 
The response relatively muted (publicly) on Friday. But this doesn’t surprise me one jot
Replying to @BethRigby
*context* Liz Truss won the backing of 41.7 per cent of the MPs, despite it being pretty nailed on for weeks that Truss was going to win. So the base support amongst MPs nothing like what Johnson enjoyed when he started out
 
The response relatively muted (publicly) on Friday. But this doesn’t surprise me one jot
🔴Liz Truss faces a rebellion from Tory backbenchers against her tax cuts if the pound falls below the dollar, The Telegraph can reveal telegraph.co.uk/politics/2022/…
 
Beth Rigby Retweeted ·  
🔴Liz Truss faces a rebellion from Tory backbenchers against her tax cuts if the pound falls below the dollar, The Telegraph can reveal telegraph.co.uk/politics/2022/…
Tories to rebel against Liz Truss if pound falls below the dollar
telegraph.co.uk
 
Oh God, she supports Arsenal.
Replying to @RobBurl
Ah…I hope this isn’t a dealbreaker 😃
 
🙌🏻
❤️ NORTH LONDON IS (STILL) RED ❤️ pic.twitter.com/YysSoroOxj
 
Beth Rigby Retweeted ·  
This is an administration that promised "shock and awe" - as one of the key figures put it to me - when they entered government three weeks ago. And on that, Liz Truss and her chancellor are delivering.

Sky's @BethRigby gives her analysis 👇 trib.al/vVJi5uy
Mini-budget: PM going for broke in hope of winning big - but has she misjudged the public mood? | Beth Rigby
news.sky.com
 
 
Beth Rigby Retweeted ·  
Despite all of the tax cuts yesterday, the tax burden is still set to rise to the highest level since the 1940s.
One of many great charts from the @resfoundation's excellent primer. Full pdf here: resolutionfoundation.org/app/uploads/20…
 
Beth Rigby Retweeted ·  
In reply to @BethRigby
Lab response to tory tax gauntlet. Senior source: “We’ve said we’ll support 19p cut & vote against 45p. As for what we’ll do in govt, no sensible opposition gets into income tax specifics this far out from GE, esp when this lot can’t even publish OBR report on state of economy”
 
In reply to @BethRigby
Senior Lab source says now clear & real dividing lines. “In focus groups people think it’s just bizarre not to tax the energy companies on excess profits or lift caps on bankers. The ‘whose side are you on’ argument is being felt much more acutely than ever”
Replying to @BethRigby
Lab response to tory tax gauntlet. Senior source: “We’ve said we’ll support 19p cut & vote against 45p. As for what we’ll do in govt, no sensible opposition gets into income tax specifics this far out from GE, esp when this lot can’t even publish OBR report on state of economy”
 
How will Lab handle Tory tax gauntlet? Senior source: “Tories think they can campaign on the old-fashioned ‘we’re tax cutters’ & Lab will put up your taxes, but things in different place now w cost of living crisis, people want to know who’s side you’re on”news.sky.com/story/mini-bud… pic.twitter.com/Y7AUP6D3au
Replying to @BethRigby
Senior Lab source says now clear & real dividing lines. “In focus groups people think it’s just bizarre not to tax the energy companies on excess profits or lift caps on bankers. The ‘whose side are you on’ argument is being felt much more acutely than ever”
 
How will Lab handle Tory tax gauntlet? Senior source: “Tories think they can campaign on the old-fashioned ‘we’re tax cutters’ & Lab will put up your taxes, but things in different place now w cost of living crisis, people want to know who’s side you’re on”news.sky.com/story/mini-bud…
 
Good 🧵Some key points
- Middle income British stands to lose the most (something a Tory MP said worried about)
- Personal tax cuts benefit SE/Lon most (Red Wall?)
- 45bn tax cuts need growth 4% over LT to b self funding
- Or to get falling debt 26/27 spending cuts c35bn that yr
NEW Blowing the budget - the RF overnight analysis of the Chancellor's September Fiscal Statement. Here's a short thread of the key highlights ahead of you reading the full 31 page report.... 🧵resolutionfoundation.org/publications/b…
 
Beth Rigby Retweeted ·  
It's been a few days since the Queen's funeral. To mark that occasion @mollie_malone1 & I made a film about the end of the new Elizabethan Age. Hers a reign that took in multiple global, historical, epochal moments. How might we define this era? (The Queen has the last word)
 
Beth Rigby Retweeted ·  
ANALYSIS: PM going all out for growth, her backers cheer as her detractors grimace. One Tory MP: “It’s madness. I’m scared. I think they might tank the economy.” Her backers say it’s right to go aggressively for growth. Everyone agrees it’s a huge gamble

news.sky.com/story/mini-bud…
Mini-budget: PM going for broke in hope of winning big - but has she misjudged the public mood? | Beth Rigby
news.sky.com
 
Personal news - thrilled to be promoted to deputy political editor at the @guardian (world’s best paper) & joined soon by two new colleagues @alethaadu @kiranstacey

Very proud of ace comrades @PippaCrerar @rowenamason @peterwalker99 @breeallegretti @JohnJCrace @AndrewSparrow
Replying to @jessicaelgot @guardian and 8 others
This is great! Huge congratulations. Xx
 
Beth Rigby Retweeted ·  
I joined Treasury in 1979 and have never seen a fiscal stimulus this large. With Bank of England raising interest rates, economy is being driven with brake and accelerator hard down. Not ideal.
 
Beth Rigby Retweeted ·  
Rob is unrivalled in the art of masterminding political interviews - a proper Galactico signing for @BethRigby and Sky. Looking forward to seeing the results.
 
Beth Rigby Retweeted ·  
New - @FT interview with ⁦@KwasiKwarteng⁩ after a day of market turmoil: “It’s very important to keep calm and focus on the longer term strategy.” enterprise-sharing.ft.com/redeem/fe9261b…
 
ANALYSIS: PM going all out for growth, her backers cheer as her detractors grimace. One Tory MP: “It’s madness. I’m scared. I think they might tank the economy.” Her backers say it’s right to go aggressively for growth. Everyone agrees it’s a huge gamble

news.sky.com/story/mini-bud…
Mini-budget: PM going for broke in hope of winning big - but has she misjudged the public mood? | Beth Rigby
news.sky.com
 
We were lucky enough to film at the @V_and_A w director & historian @TristramHuntVA, who showed us some incredible photos of the Queen by the great Cecil Beaton & helped explain some of the big societal shifts during her 70-year reign via objects from the museum. Give it a watch!
It's been a few days since the Queen's funeral. To mark that occasion @mollie_malone1 & I made a film about the end of the new Elizabethan Age. Hers a reign that took in multiple global, historical, epochal moments. How might we define this era? (The Queen has the last word) pic.twitter.com/AY3wQisz6M
 
It's been a few days since the Queen's funeral. To mark that occasion @mollie_malone1 & I made a film about the end of the new Elizabethan Age. Hers a reign that took in multiple global, historical, epochal moments. How might we define this era? (The Queen has the last word)
 
A mini budget that turned maxi & turned Tory consensus on ec management on its head. Audacious or reckless - depending on which side of the Tory divide you sit. One MP today told me it was "madness" "I'm worried they might tank the economy." Film by @Mollie_Malone1 @SkyNewsCamera
 
Beth Rigby Retweeted ·  
In reply to @EdConwaySky
Pound now down to $1.092 vs US$. That’s a more than 3% fall today. And still dropping. This is… unnerving.
 
Beth Rigby Retweeted ·  
We keep having to rewrite the top of the splash because financial markets do not want to touch sterling
 
In reply to @RobBurl
Ah! Great news. Beth will be delighted.
Replying to @andrewbillen @RobBurl and 1 otherfalse
I am!
 
Also worth pointing to this - NIESR estimates measures will cut short recession. BUT will fuel inflation and hike in interest rates
NIESR estimates tax cuts and energy support will cut short the recession - with Britain returning to growth in the fourth quarter.

However, the mini budget will fuel inflation. The Bank of England is now expected to raise interest rates to 5% by Q3 2023
 
According to IFS, the only group benefiting from the tax changes are those whose income is above £155k a year
Worth repeating. Take all the tax changes coming in over next few years and:

If your income is < £155k, you lose

If your income is > £155k you win

If your income > £1m you gain more than £40,000
 
V excited that @robburl is joining @skynews to work with me on Beth Rigby Interviews. Former head of BBC’s live political progs, Rob's worked with some of the best in the biz & is writing a book on the art of the political i/v. Couldn’t have asked for a better brain to work with!
News! I'm very excited to be moving to @SkyNews next month to work with one of the very best political journalists in the business @BethRigby on her fantastic interview show. I'm so happy to be joining Sky News, it's an absolute dream come true for me. Can't wait to get started!
 
This via @edconway as markets digest this massive Budget. Cost of govt borrowing highest level since 2011. Sterling fallen to lowest level against the dollar since 1985.
 
Kevin Hollinrake in HoC: “Growth & cutting taxes are two conservative principles. So are balancing the books. The deficit this year will be in region of £250bn”

Pg 11 of growth plan. Deficit revised upwards from £161.7bn Apr ‘22 to £234.1bn (£72bn more of borrowing) Sept ‘22
 
Torsten Bell on @skynews 45 per cent of the gains from personal tax cuts will go to richest 5 per cent
 
Lisa Nandy on @skynews now: "A £55k tax cut to millionaires is impossible to justify when people are struggling to afford the basics."
 
Beth Rigby Retweeted ·  
In reply to @SkyNews
Sky's political editor @BethRigby and economics editor @EdConwaySky give their instant analysis of the chancellor's not-so-mini budget
 
Ex-Treasury min @JohnGlenUK: “In an era of grave uncertainty around inflation there's a clear concern in markets around the irreconcilable realities of monetary tightening at same time as fiscal loosening. I would welcome CX's observations& reassurance to markets at this time.”
 
“I don’t accept this argument that cutting taxes is somehow unfair…when u reduce taxes, there’s often a disproportionate benefit ‘cos people [on higher incomes] paying more in 1st place. We shld be setting tax policy on basis of what is going to make our country most successful”
"I don't accept this argument that cutting taxes is somehow unfair" says the PM - adding "we should be setting our tax policy on the basis of what is going to help our country become successful".

Latest: trib.al/xHSxsjO

📺 Sky 501, Virgin 602, Freeview 233 and YouTube pic.twitter.com/7hF41pzSty
 
PM prepared to be unpopular when it comes to who benefits from tax cuts to grow the economy
Liz Truss has said she is prepared to be unpopular with her tax policy as she believes it will ultimately benefit the British economy.

Watch the moment 👇

Latest: trib.al/LXFVZeX pic.twitter.com/C7ygvtBAP3
 
Re-posting this, from my interview with @trussliz in NYC on Tuesday
Truss admits her tax cuts will disproportionately benefit the rich news.sky.com/story/liz-trus…
 
Carl Emmerson from the IFS points out that scrapping the top rate 45p tax benefits the top 1% taxpayers in the country. This the sort of fact Labour will seek to weaponise to cast this govt as being on the side of the richest in society
 
 
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