Prime Minister Rishi Sunak promised to tackle Britain’s most pressing problems, from cutting inflation to ending illegal migration, in a speech aimed at reassuring critics within his restive Conservative Party.
In an address that was high on ambition but low on detail, Sunak said his government would build “a better future for our children and grandchildren” and asked the public to judge him on “the results we achieve”.
He listed “five promises”: halving inflation, growing the economy, reducing debt, cutting National Health Service waiting lists and stopping the small boats that carry illegal migrants across the English Channel from France.
It was as much a statement of intent as it was a reply to critics who doubt whether the 42-year-old former Goldman Sachs analyst and hedge fund partner has what it takes to pull the country out of the myriad of problems it is facing.
Thousands of workers have gone on strike to protest over pay, the health service is in crisis, inflation is hovering around 40-year highs and economists see Britain slipping into a long recession