Boris Johnson humiliated when National Insurance U-turn exposed: ‘It’s regressive!’ | United Kingdom

Boris Johnson Defends National Insurance Tax In Parliament

He won the support of MPs who voted for his 1.25 percent increase in NI. This is necessary, he said, to help fund medical and social care. It will raise an estimated £ 12 billion a year, taking effect from April 2022.

Fundamentally, it breaks a promise in the Conservative manifesto.

But Johnson has promised that the plan will address the “catastrophic costs” faced by those in need of care.

Labor voted against the plan, criticizing Johnson for failing to tax the wealthiest people rather than the entire workforce in the country.

In an attempt to humiliate Sir Keir Starmer in the House of Commons, the Prime Minister responded and presented him with old Labor plans to increase NI in order to fund welfare.

Boris Johnson – Prime Minister previously questioned Labor about increasing national insurance (Image: GETTY)

National Insurance: Johnson said the increase will provide funding for health and social care (Image: GETTY)

However, looking back through House records, Johnson’s previous views on IN increases are clear.

In 2002, at age 38, he moved to hold the Labor Party accountable for what he saw as “regressive” increases in the IN.

At the time, Chancellor Gordon Brown in his sixth budget announced a one percent increase in IN to help fund a £ 6.1 billion increase in health spending next year, much like Johnson’s current position. .

This was after Wanless Review to fund the NHS.

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Conservatives: many of the prime minister's members opposed the plans

Conservatives: Many of the Prime Minister’s members opposed the plans (Image: GETTY)

Mr Brown called his Budget, which lasted 57 minutes, a guarantee of the ‘British ideal’ of the free NHS at the point of use, but Johnson accused the Government of targeting the lowest in the country while filling his pockets with money. extra.

He said: “It has been wonderful to watch those who are in the Labor Banks, because this is what they came to do in politics: collect taxes and spend.

“It’s what they like to do. They want to take money from the productive sectors of the economy and give it to special interest groups in the public sector, whom they largely represent.

“Labor members may have missed two points in their discussion of the National Insurance increases: first, that those increases will affect public sector workers who they hoped would benefit from the Chancellor’s spending plans; and secondly, as an honorary member of Newbury (Mr. Rendel) he rightly said that national insurance increases are regressive, and someone earning £ 32,000 will pay exactly the same as someone earning £ 132,000.

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Gordon Brown: Former Prime Minister was Chancellor at the time of the NI surge

Gordon Brown – Former Prime Minister was Chancellor at the time of NI’s rise (Image: GETTY)

Tony Blair: They both agreed that health spending had to be increased

Tony Blair: The two agreed that health spending should be increased (Image: GETTY)

“That may be why Labor members were so jubilant – we all know they are fat cats and MPs now, and they won’t be as affected, relatively speaking, as many of their constituents.”

Lynne Jones, then a Labor MP from Selly Oak, asked: ‘Does the honorable gentleman advocate a more progressive income tax rate for those with higher incomes? If that’s your policy, I agree with it, “Johnson replied. : “I am simply pointing out that it is ironic that Labor should applaud a regressive tax.”

He continued: “Those regressive taxes are expected to go a long way.

‘The Chancellor said he would increase government spending from £ 390 billion to £ 470 billion in about four years.

National Insurance Increase Calculator: How Will The Increase Affect You?

National Insurance Increase Calculator: How Will The Increase Affect You? (Image: Express Newspapers)

I hope I heard you correctly. If your growth projections are wrong, someone will pay a big bill and I hope it is the taxpayer.

“It is the judgment of the Chancellor, the Honorable Member of Hemsworth (John Trickett) and many others who have spoken tonight that now is the right time to raise taxes.”

This week, many conservatives rebelled against Johnson’s decision.

Steve Baker: ex-minister asked conservatives to 'rediscover' what they stand for

Steve Baker: The former minister asked conservatives to ‘rediscover’ what they stand for (Image: GETTY)

While 37 Conservative MPs abstained, five (Sir Christopher Chope, Philip Davies, Neil Hudson, Esther McVey and John Redwood) voted against the changes.

Former minister Steve Baker called on his party to “rediscover what it means” rather than “whenever there is pressure on public finances, coming back for higher taxes.”

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