Uk News Steady hand of Grant Shapps wobbles when asked about i's City pay exclusive United Kingdom news
PremierLeague-News.Com - As Transport Secretary Grant Shapps knows, i has no party political baggage or axe to grind - that’s the reason we have one of the highest trust ratings in UK media
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Grant Shapps, officially the Transport Secretary, is also an enthusiastic janitor for the Government, happy to mop up his colleagues’ troubles in broadcast studios around Britain.He is the Cabinet minister most willing to take to the airwaves, regardless of the scandal, tricksy headline or brouhaha. A team player.Yesterday he got to be the protagonist. As the biggest national rail strikes for 30 years began, Mr Shapps was front-of-house explaining the Government’s decision not to acquiesce to union demands.Then he got asked about i’s front page live on LBC – and things got a bit wobbly for him.The Tuesday cover story was Paul Waugh’s exclusive that the Government plans to ease restrictions on City bosses’ pay, to show overseas companies “the benefits of Brexit”.We quoted from a confidential letter between Boris Johnson’s chief of staff, Steve Barclay, and the Chancellor, Rishi Sunak. Supporters say the policy will cost the Treasury nothing and could re-energise Britain’s finance sector.The optics are obviously challenging, however, during a cost of living crisis, white-hot inflation and industrial disputes with public sector workers about their pay.
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. Fair enough, not his field – although it doesn’t hurt to be briefed before speaking to the nation.Then he confused i with a former sister title, and tried to downplay the story because he thought it was “a left-leaning paper which probably has an axe to grind”. The story was extensively followed up, including by those famed temples of Maoism, the Evening Standard, Mail Online, LBC and City AM.As Mr Shapps knows, i has no party political baggage or axe to grind – that’s the reason we have one of the highest trust ratings in UK media.We hold all politicians to account, whether they are Boris Johnson, Keir Starmer, Nicola Sturgeon or another tribe. That is the job of a free press. Thanks to LBC’s Nick Ferrari for a typically robust exchange: “They wouldn’t make up a note from your colleague Mr Barclay, would they.” We had the letter between Cabinet ministers! In today’s i, a Government source confirms the policy and defends it.Mr Shapps: we can send you a free subscription to i, if you like, so that you can keep up to speed with Government policy.
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