Sajid Javid has promised to spend money recouped by the government’s claim for mis-sold PPI on schools, the NHS and policing.
The government cancelled what would have been the chancellor’s first major speech, on Wednesday, after realising there were only 24 hours left to submit the Treasury’s claim for mis-sold Payment Protection Insurance.
Despite the Conservative’s
magic money tree showing record growth, the cost of Chris Grayling’s misadventures and no-deal Brexit planning have left Boris Johnson’s government a little short on cash.
Writing in the Times, Javid said he hoped a big payout for mis-sold PPI on loans taken out by his predecessors would pay for things popular with “the little people” ahead of a possible general election.
Soon to be unemployed PPI claims lawyer George Fishlove says he’s not surprised the government have left it so late.
“I must have phoned the Treasury five or six times a day for the last four years,” Mr Fishlove told us.
“But every time I called, they just ignored me or hung up, so I’m not surprised they’ve gone to the wire on this.
“Fundamentally, the mis-selling of PPI shows how easy it is for the unscrupulous to pressure the ill-informed into paying for something they don’t need, like a PPI claims lawyer or a no-deal
“Given the calibre of individual we’ve had in government over the years, I’d estimate they could easily have a claim for billions in mis-sold PPI policies.”
Facilities manager Doug Smith has thrown his hard hat into the ring and says he’ll have a crack at forming a government if Boris Johnson loses a vote of no-confidence.
The news comes after
opposition leaders roundly rejected Jeremy Corbyn’s offer to replace Johnson as the United Kingdom’s next unelected and unpopular prime minister. Corbyn, the leader of the Labour Party, wrote to the leaders of other opposition parties urging them to install him as caretaker PM if he wins the vote no-confidence in the government when MPs get back from their summer holidays.
With both Johnson and now Corbyn failing to receive any confidence from the House, Mr Smith, 56, has asked
Speaker Bercow if his team are eligible to form a government under the rules of the Fixed-term Parliament Act.
Smith is head of facilities at the
Palace of Westminster and says he has ample experience of constitutional blockages like Brexit due to the Victorian plumbing in the MP’s toilets.
“Look my team may not have gone to Eton or spent the 80s manning the barricades but when it comes to cleaning up the mess made by politicians we’ve got a track record second to none,” Mr Smith told us.
“Old Boris and beardy call themselves leaders, but I wouldn’t trust either of them to lead a flexible drain rod around a blocked u-bend quite frankly.”
The parliamentary precedent for members of the Commons staff forming a government is unclear, but someone is bound to test the idea in the High Court before October 31st.