A hypothetical, perfectly average 58-year-old could have increased their wealth by 40 per cent between 2017 and 2022, and paid very little tax, all by following the rules.
The ineptitude of its start has contaminated voter views of centre-right values as well as the Conservatives’ opinion poll ratings.
Working class voters don’t yet hate the new policies, but it is easy to see how they will come to do so as a bad winter bites.
Yet again we face serious times and grave challenges. It won’t be enough to promise jam to the people. Jam will need to be on the table, and at a price that can be afforded.
Policies and legislation over the years have made letting a deeply unattractive prospect – with renters feeling the effects.
Rent freezes, tax relief on mortgage interest payments, and targeted aid to pensioners all need to be on the table.