The Sunday papers brought reports that Liz Truss was “expected to cave into pressure from her Cabinet” to increase welfare benefits in line with inflation at a Tuesday meeting.
You’d have thought it in jest if you’d been told that for £50 per citizen, a “Taskforce” drawn from the private sector would operate with a degree of independence from Whitehall, take risks and secure 357 million vaccine doses in nine months – all under-budget.
The Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition traded blows over both Nadhim Zahawi’s tax affairs, and Rosie Duffield’s likening of being in Labour to being in “an abusive relationship”.
He claims is that the report that triggered his removal was both rushed and wrong.
So does Raab. Our top three are unchanged – and Alister Jack’s rating is up slightly, taking him to sixth place.
“When I became Prime Minister last year, I pledged that the Government I lead would have integrity, professionalism and accountability at every level.”
The former Defence Secretary says the Prime Minister is lucky his adviser delivered such an unambiguous verdict so swiftly.
Dan Neidle says that if the former Chairman had adopted a less aggressive posture, he would have walked away.
But Sunak too wished to show the world he is not as other men, and in particular that today’s controversies occurred when Johnson was PM.
The Prime Minister replied that he was sticking by his principles and waiting for the findings of the investigation.
Some will take the view that someone’s tax bill is their own private business. This is hard to maintain when the person concerned is Chancellor of the Exchequer.
The Defence Secretary stays top, and he, Kemi Badenoch and James Cleverly remain the only three Cabinet members to score above 50 points in both November’s and this Christmas survey.
“It is unfair for the unions to disrupt people’s lives and livelihoods in the run-up to Christmas,” adds the Conservative Party Chairman.
The average score is the lowest recently, though not by all that much – a natural extension of the panel’s verdict yesterday on the Government’s economic policy.
Wallace is top again. Badenoch and Cleverly score well. Sunak wins a respectable rating. And Williamson is in negative territory.