A U-turn was inevitable, but better to do it sooner than later
THERESA May has done the right thing over the White Van Man tax fiasco: binned it — and fast.
Better to do it now and move on than let it fester for months and then capitulate.
It will quickly be overtaken by events.
And voters tend to forgive politicians for speedy reversals after obvious mistakes . . . we all make them.
We still think he could make a good Chancellor. But the centrepiece of his first Budget has been scrapped within a week. It doesn’t get much worse.
Not only did he not see it was wrong to punish self-employed strivers and breach a manifesto pledge, he staunchly defended it later and got MPs to do so.
He could start rebuilding an image for competence by raising money not from struggling Sun readers but from bloated budget areas still deemed untouchable.
Our soaring foreign aid commitment is a manifesto pledge much of Britain WOULD happily ditch.
Mr Hammond is lucky to be under no pressure from Labour. Jeremy Corbyn barely mentioned the strivers’ tax last week and yesterday failed to land a blow on Mrs May at her most vulnerable.
Labour has let a Government, rightly focused on Brexit, take its eye off the ball elsewhere. Only rebel Tories and papers like The Sun hold it to account.
After that disastrous Budget, we are proud to have done our job for our readers.
Unlike responsible ones they throw up their hands over the racism, extremism or child abuse content they host, half-heartedly and randomly taking it down only when users flag it up.
They claim they cannot possibly police their vast sites. Yet at the same time they suck up the overwhelming majority of online advertising income, killing reputable news suppliers in the process.
If they will not invest in an army of moderators they should be stung for huge fines for every illegal post, as MP Tim Loughton suggests and as Germany is also proposing.
It is time they were brought to book.
Justice for Al
FINALLY sense has prevailed over jailed marine Al Blackman.
We congratulate his wife Claire for her relentless campaign for justice.
Al was betrayed by a system determined to scapegoat our soldiers — and by his first lawyers’ woeful job defending him despite the colossal stress he was obviously under in Afghanistan.
He’s done enough time. Send him home.