In the headlines
“It’s a difficult set of front pages” for Jeremy Hunt, says Politico, with nearly every paper slating the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement. The Daily Mail accuses the Tories of trying to “soak the strivers” in “one of the most punishing Budgets in modern history”; the FT warns of “years of pain” ahead; Metro says “you’ve never had it so bad”. The Chancellor’s tax rises still won’t stave off the biggest drop in living standards ever recorded, according to the Office for Budget Responsibility, with household incomes expected to decline by 7% over the next two years. The UK has already fallen into recession, with the economy set to shrink by 2% as people face soaring inflation and the highest tax burden since the Second World War. Neighbours is set to return to our screens, Amazon Prime has announced, just four months after 2.5 million Brits tuned in to what they feared was the soap’s final episode. Filming will begin in Australia next year.