Rishi Sunak changes priorities to plug holes in a sinking ship

When Rishi Sunak The chancellor, treasury aides and ministers said he was deeply engrossed in the details, able to memorize reports by spreadsheet or chapter number. The prime minister’s job is very different, which his closest aides in Number 10 say he is beginning to understand means choosing very specific priorities.

Sunak has suggested to MPs who have seen him recently that he has three main priorities for his premiership: stabilizing the economy, tackling small boat crossings in the Channel and reducing pressure on the river. NHS,

What is striking about those preferences is that they are not Sunak’s own vision or even really his choice. This is government as management – almost the opposite of Liz Truss who is governed by ideology and at the top.

But Sunak’s managerial style may be his only path to survival as the severity of the crisis will affect the next two years of his premiership.

very little valuable in autumn statement It also tells us little about Sunak’s ideas for development, which have severely depleted investment sectors, reform planning at a standstill, and the push for green investment, including maintaining a ban on onshore wind. reluctance.

For the most part, he is acting like a prime minister who has understood that he likely has just two years in No. 10 and is looking to build a legacy other than sealing a few holes in a sinking boat. There is very little time.

The spirit of the government in complete survival mode has filtered down to Conservative MPs – who are adopting their own strategy. Few have thoroughly investigated, as seen in the muted response to the autumn statement where Conservative MPs nodded through tax increases that had last been against them under Boris Johnson.

Others are giving up all pretense of appealing to anything other than their own local issues. The clearest example of this is a major insurgency that is brewing in the country settle the billWhere nearly 50 MPs have signed off on a move to scrap all housing targets.

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Labor will not roll back the amendment and in normal times a government can confront the rebels and tell them where to go.

But sources in the department as well as MPs have suggested that the prime minister is not ready to poke another hole in the boat. His authority hinges on being the unanimous choice as prime minister, receiving his mandate entirely from parliamentarians.

If Sunak should lose his parliamentary majority in an early vote – and have to rely on Labor – he effectively does not have his mandate. So lawmakers are hopeful that an agreement on housing targets will lead to further economic paralysis.

There are many other issues where it can continue its journey of fad – harms online bill While some MPs in his own cabinet have expressed concern about the “legal but harmful” definitions of content in the Bill.

Another rebellion is brewing on the onshore wind – supported by Boris Johnson, Truss and his Leveling Up Secretary Simon Clarke, as well as party MPs. And the row could go on for a long time, with MP Chris Skidmore giving a net zero review in early January.

Sunak will also soon have to decide what to do with the energy price freeze – for homes and businesses when the scheme expires in April and is predicted to bring tears to the eyes.

MPs’ anger about the small boats crossing the Channel has still not subsided – and more and more hotels are needed to house refugees, meaning for the first time some MPs have accommodation in their constituencies.

And the NHS has not yet reached the peak of the winter crisis, with suggestions already that the government needs to consider supporting the health service or the military to reopen Nightingale Hospitals,

All those issues have to be dealt with before Sunak starts thinking of what could be his own agenda. But then he also faces the prospect of having precious little to say in the next election – beyond cutting even more spending.

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