Er, Nigel, that pizza you’re chewing isn’t pepperoni!
By Dolly Busby Showbiz Reporter in Queensland, Australia Nadine Dorries – Page 19
dmg media (UK)
HE’S been paid a rumoured £1.5million to appear on this year’s I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! – but Nigel Farage might be asking himself whether it’s enough after last night’s show. The former UKIP leader, 59, took part in a gruesome food challenge that saw him eat a four-penis pizza – featuring organs from a sheep, bull, pig and crocodile – as well as camel udders and a cow teat in a bid to win meals for his campmates. He pulled a series of hilarious grimaces during the Jungle Pizzeria Bushtucker Trial alongside TikTok star Nella Rose, 26. The unlikely pair managed to secure an impressive nine out of ten stars with Farage trying all of his dishes. He also had to eat fermented vomit fruit and fermented plums. During the episode, Farage had a heated discussion with First Dates’ Fred Sirieix about Brexit. Sirieix said ‘the average person has lost out because of what you’ve done’. Farage said: ‘No, they haven’t.’ prioritise. But over time, we can and we will cut taxes.’ Tory strategists believe that cutting tax is vital to reviving the party’s hopes of winning next year’s election. Mr Sunak repeatedly turned his fire on Labour yesterday, highlighting the party’s controversial plan to borrow £28billion a year to pay for green initiatives. The PM said the scheme would heap debt on future generations and lead to ‘permanently bigger government’, along with higher taxes and inflation. At a press conference in London, the PM was tight-lipped about exactly which taxes will be cut in the Autumn Statement. Whitehall sources said a sharp fall in inflation, coupled with better-than-expected economic forecasts, had convinced the PM and Chancellor that they had room to deliver personal tax cuts this week. Inflation fell to 4.6 per cent last month, meeting the PM’s pledge to halve it this year. Mr Sunak said this allowed the Government to move on to ‘begin the next phase, and turn our attention to cutting tax’. He added: ‘My argument has never been that we shouldn’t cut taxes. It’s been that we could only cut taxes once we’ve controlled inflation and debt.’ A one percentage point cut in National Insurance or income tax would save a worker on £30,000 almost £175 a year, while someone on a salary of £50,000 would save almost £375. The cuts could be paid for in part by welfare reforms designed to get more people on benefits back to work. National Insurance rates are reserved to Westminster and apply across the whole of the UK, meaning Scots would benefit from any cuts. Any decisions about the tax-free personal allowance for income tax apply across the UK. However, all other elements of income tax are devolved to Holyrood – meaning any cuts would not apply in Scotland. The Scottish Government is not due to set out its tax decisions until it publishes its Budget for 2024-25 next month. Everyone earning more than £27,850 a year already pays more income tax in Scotland than in other parts of the UK. The PM said that ‘work – not welfare – is the best route out of poverty’. He added that it was a ‘national scandal’ that two million people of working age were not in employment. But in a sign that easing the burden on businesses will be his first priorible ity, Mr Sunak said: ‘Our focus is very much the supply side and growing the economy.’ Senior Tories believe a £10billion scheme to extend tax breaks for business investment is likely to be the biggest ticket item in tomorrow’s statement. Mr Hunt said he was feeling ‘a lot more positive about the UK economy than I did a year ago when I came in’. Plans to cut inheritance tax have been shelved for now. A senior Tory told the Mail that the PM believes tax pledges will be credat next year’s election only if the Government had already started cutting taxes. ‘His view is that people are not going to believe what we say on tax until we start delivering,’ the source said. ‘He thinks we have to show, not tell. But if we can deliver something now, and something more at the Budget, then we can start to show that we mean what we say.’ Mr Sunak also accused Sir Keir Starmer of failing to learn the lessons of Liz Truss’s premiership, saying Labour’s plan for a borrowing binge would make ‘the same economic mistake as last year’s mini-Budget’. ‘Blowing tens of billions of pounds on unfunded spending is just as dangerous as blowing tens of billions of pounds on unfunded tax cuts,’ he said. ‘It is taking the easy way out. And the result is the same: higher inflation, financial insecurity, and more debt for our children and grandchildren.’ Labour’s national campaign co-ordinator Pat McFadden said: ‘The Tories have failed to deliver on so many pledges from the past. Why should people believe they will deliver on pledges for the future?’