“We are the party of free enterprise, the private sector and low taxation.”

Boris Johnson, 1922 Committee

September 8, 2021

Facts

Addressing a meeting of the backbench 1922 Committee, the Prime Minister said: “We should never forget, after all we’ve been through, that we are the party of free enterprise, the private sector and low taxation.”

This came just one day after the PM announced a manifesto-busting £12bn package of tax increases, including a 1.25% National Insurance rise. 

Verdict

Johnson’s claims made to the 1922 Committee were in complete contradiction to the policies announced by his party the day before. This forms part of a familiar pattern where Johnson makes meaningless boasts which flatly contradict the policy or actions of his own government. 

We sent this verdict to Boris Johnson for comment. No response. 

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