Chancellor Rishi Sunak says progress has been made in the fight against racism
- Credit: Archant
Chancellor Rishi Sunak has condemned 'shocking' and 'disgusting' scenes from the far-right in London, and claimed the mass condemnation of such events as signs of progress in society.
In an interview designed to address the worrying economic situation in the UK, Sophy Ridge first directed Sunak to respond to the violent actions of the far-right.
Referencing a previous interview in which the chancellor spoke about his own experiences of racism as a child, Ridge wondered whether he could remain confident, in light of yesterday's events, that the racism he endured in his formative years was unlikely to take place today.
Sunak doubled down on his belief that the UK is not a racist country, adding that the mass condemnation of yesterday's violence acts as evidence of progress.
When discussing the intended remit of the interview - the economy - Sunak sought to placate Ridge's concerns over the sheer scale of the collapse to the UK's finances.
You may also want to watch:
The quarter by which the economy shrunk during March and April represents the eradication of 18 years of growth, which pours cold water on Sunak's previous proclamation that the impact of coronavirus will be 'temporary'.
In response, the chancellor accepted that these numbers 'lay bare' the scale of the challenge ahead, but doesn't necessarily agree that there will be a lifelong fallout to this crisis.
- 1 This chumocracy is costing our country
- 2 Bob Geldof takes swipe at No 10 saying 'lying is second nature' to them
- 3 Jacob Rees-Mogg says it's 'all the EU's fault' musicians can't tour Europe
- 4 Fifteen ways to fix Britain
- 5 Tory minister admits UK rejected EU's music visa offer in order to 'take back control' of borders
- 6 Poll finds Brexit-backing Wales would vote to rejoin EU
- 7 Piers Morgan tells Gavin Williamson to resign for being a 'catastrophe'
- 8 Tory MP complains 'less scrutiny of trade deals' than when UK was in EU
- 9 Who's on the BBC's Question Time tonight?
- 10 Labour to force vote on retaining workers' rights as Brexit threatens holiday pay and 48-hour week
Rather, he believes that the economy will begin to tentatively rise once again, in line with each step of the government's plan to reopen sectors of society.
The high street is a clear example of this, says Sunak, who commended the work of those endeavouring to create a safe shopping environment once again.
Reopening the high street is not in of itself a solution, but the chancellor hopes it will offer the double boost of driving consumption and protecting jobs which may otherwise be lost.
Become a Supporter
The New European is proud of its journalism and we hope you are proud of it too. We believe our voice is important - both in representing the pro-EU perspective and also to help rebalance the right wing extremes of much of the UK national press. If you value what we are doing, you can help us by making a contribution to the cost of our journalism.