Reports from Westminster insiders indicate Rishi Sunak may signal tax rises in his Budget on 3 March. This could include an increase in corporation tax, which opponents argue will further hurt businesses struggling after an exceptionally difficult year.
In this episode of the New Statesman Podcast, Stephen Bush and Anoosh Chakelian discuss the rumoured plans, and why they present a challenge for Labour leader Keir Starmer.
Then, in You Ask Us, they try to explain what’s going on in Scotland with the Alex Salmond inquiry.
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