The Guardian also suggests that the prime minister is laying “the groundwork for the next general election”. The paper looks at what it calls the “surprise” appointment of Nadine Dorries as culture secretary, claiming the move appears to signal No 10’s determination to continue pursuing the culture wars. However, it quotes Downing Street sources as saying she had not been put in place to pursue an “anti-woke agenda”.
Rishi Sunak has been accused of creating a “smoke and mirrors” budget by Labour after the chancellor conceded just 20% of his biggest single spending commitment was made up of new money, according to The Guardian.
The Guardian carries a warning from trade union leaders that the government risks “another winter of chaos” if it does not implement COVID restrictions like mandatory mask-wearing in shops and on public transport.