Boris Johnson has admitted that this winter’s utility bills will be “eye-popping”, making heating costs already “horrendous” for some.
The outgoing prime minister, as he wrote in The Mail on Sunday, blamed Vladimir Putin for the worsening crisis and claimed that the Russian president “likes it”.
Johnson warned that the coming months could be “very tough”, but insisted Britain’s future would be “golden”.
“It was Putin’s invasion of Ukraine that rocked energy markets. It is Putin’s war that is hurting British consumers.
“That’s why your electricity bill is doubling. I suspect Putin knows that. He likes it. And he wants us to give in.” .”
Mr Johnson claimed the president believed “soft” European politicians would ease sanctions and “beg for Russian oil and gas” as winter approaches.
But he warned that withdrawing support from Ukraine would be “absolute insanity” and argued that Putin’s position was “weakening” month by month.
The Conservative government has been accused of lacking urgency in the cost of living crisis as the leadership contest between Rishi Sunak and Liz Truss continues.
However, Johnson writes:
“Next month, whoever takes over from me, the government will announce another huge financial aid package.”
Truss, the frontrunner to be named next prime minister on September 5, said it would be “not right” to announce a full plan to tackle the crisis until after the election.
Prime Minister’s optimism won’t help people’s utility bills
Boris Johnson is known to be an optimist, but telling people they’ll be “stronger and more prosperous” out of the cost of living crisis doesn’t do anything to help the current cost of living.
The unemployment warnings during the pandemic (as he recalls in the article) may not have come true, but the energy cap hike has. Most households will have to pay thousands more, and bills could rise even higher next year.
It’s easy to sound hopeful when it’s someone else who has to make difficult decisions.Boris Johnson knows his legacy will likely loom over the next government. and may continue to convey his views.
The Prime Minister also spoke of the rising bill. Nadhim Zahawi says middle-income families (such as elderly nurses and teachers who make about £45,000 a year) need more help and prices could remain “extremely high” for two years, he said. I am warning you.
Unlike Boris Johnson, the Prime Minister is urgent and sombre.
However, in another week or so, we will have new residents in 10th and 11th. How the new government deals with the cost of living will define it well and may determine the next election.
Johnson expressed optimism in the article, saying he was confident “the UK will be stronger and more prosperous on the other side”.
Later he added:
“And we will make long-term decisions, including on our domestic energy supply, to ensure that the recovery can and should be spectacular and that the future is golden.”
The Sunday Telegraph reports that Ms Truss has suggested she is looking to cut the VAT by up to 5% to help consumers and businesses cope with rising costs.
A source told Sky News that Truss “will consider options to help people, but it would not be appropriate to announce plans before he is elected prime minister or has all the facts.” said.