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UK PM Sunak says state cannot fix all problems -The Times

British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has said people cannot expect the state to “fix everyone’s problems” as he looks to regain public trust by being honest about the extent of the economic difficulties ahead.

November 5, 2022
5 November 2022

Nov 4 (Reuters) – British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has
said people cannot expect the state to “fix everyone’s problems”
as he looks to regain public trust by being honest about the
extent of the economic difficulties ahead.

In an interview with The Times, Sunak said he recognised
people’s anxiety about soaring mortgage repayments and said he
would do “absolutely everything” he could to “grip this
problem”. But he made clear there was a limit to government
intervention.

“It’s right we’re honest about the trade-offs we face —
everyone now talks about borrowing, everyone appreciates that
the government cannot do everything,” Sunak told the newspaper.

Sunak declined to comment on whether he stood by the Tory
manifesto pledge not to raise income tax, VAT or national
insurance, according to the report. “I’m not going to talk about
any tax policy at all,” he said.

Asked whether he considered the offer of a joint ticket
with Boris Johnson in the party’s latest leadership election,
Sunak said he had been “very clear with (Johnson) about the fact
I had strong support from colleagues in parliament and I thought
I was the best person to do the job.”

Sunak became Britain’s first prime minister of colour last
month, taking over during one of the most turbulent eras in
British political history.
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(Reporting by Juby Babu in Bengaluru; Editing by Daniel Wallis)

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