Lies, Falsehoods and Misrepresentations from Boris Johnson to Keir Starmer

“… Inflation is a tax, it is a tax that impacts the poorest people the most”

PM Rishi Sunak, BBC Interview

Facts

In an interview with Laura Kuenssberg, Prime Minister Rishi Sunak stated that, “the best tax cut that I can deliver for the British people right now is to halve inflation… Inflation is a tax, it is a tax that impacts the poorest people the most”. 

Inflation is not a form of tax. Inflation is an increase in the price of goods and services – eg, food or petrol. 

Reducing inflation does not make things cheaper, but rather slows down the rate at which they become more expensive.

The cost of goods and services would indeed decrease if there was negative inflation, which was last seen in the UK in 2015.

Verdict

Tax and inflation are two separate things. As a former Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak should know this. By conflating tax and inflation Sunak was misleading BBC viewers.

We emailed Rishi Sunak’s office and Downing Street offering them the chance to respond. The email was received, but no reply. 

Not Client Journalism

Laura Kuenssberg interrupted Sunak to point out that “inflation isn’t a tax, it’s a feature [of] the economy.” Sunak responded by talking over Kuenssberg. 

Published 28 Jun 2024
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