Clash Behind Closed Doors: Rishi Sunak refuses to cut taxes unless Boris cuts government expenditure.  

On Saturday night, government tensions over tax cuts were exposed, with sources close to Prime Minister Boris Johnson arguing over calls for rapid action. 

Clash Behind Closed Doors: Rishi Sunak refuses to cut taxes unless Boris cuts government expenditure.  

According to the Telegraph one source ordered MPs to “grow up” and stop acting like they were in “nursery school” in response to rising requests from MPs and ministers for immediate tax cuts to reduce the cost of living and stimulate growth. 

According to a source close to Boris Johnson,“This isn’t ‘the Government has had a s— week, we need a reset, cut taxes’. This isn’t nursery school. This is grown-up politics, this is government.

“Three weeks ago, the party was screaming that it wanted a big bung to the general public, and now they are screaming about tax cuts. We have got to get back to grown-up politics where things happen slowly, sustainably and when they are doable.”

The Telegraph source said that there was “no Tory in the land more committed to tax cuts than Boris … the money isn’t there to cut taxes now”.

The comments will fuel speculation that Mr Johnson believes he is unable to act on his party’s requests for tax cuts due to resistance from the Chancellor, Rishi Sunak

According to a Treasury source, “Rishi will not deliver reckless, unfunded tax cuts just to save a Prime Minister who is weakened within his party. As a chancellor, you just can’t do that. It’s nonsense policy-making.”

A top Tory said: “Boris is caught in the headlights of the oncoming Treasury. Sunak seems to be completely locked into Treasury orthodoxy.”

Mr Sunak, according to the Telegraph, would refuse to lower taxes until Mr Johnson names government expenditure that he is ready to cut in order to pay such a move. 

Tax cuts now would “add fuel to the inflation fire,” according to a source close to the Chancellor.

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