"You guys were constantly talking about the 45p tax rate, which is why we had to take it away"

James Cleverly, FCDO Secretary of State, Sky News

5 October 2022


Market reaction, not media chatter, forced the government u-turn over the 45p tax rate.


Foreign Secretary James Cleverley misleading TV viewers. This is another example of a recurrent phenomenon: senior Tory ministers blaming the media for their own decisions.

We emailed James Cleverly’s office offering him the chance to respond. The email was received, but no reply.