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On job just six weeks, UK’s finance chief shines in crisis


In a poll by the market research firm YouGov this week, Mr Sunak has an approval rating of 60 per cent, with only 11 per cent disapproving. While the public is rallying behind the government now, people are likely to ask hard questions afterward, especially about the austerity policies enacted by Conservative governments, which left the National Health Service financially starved and ill-equipped for the deluge of virus patients. Professor of Politics, Professor Tim Bale said: “When the final reckoning is made, there will be praise for the government response but there will also be criticism of the age of austerity that left us in this position. He might be able to escape personally because he wasn’t the face of that policy, but I don’t think the Conservative Party will be able to escape.”
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