He was also asked about the possibility of an off-the-shelf wealth crisis last week after the Wealth Tax Commission proposed a one per cent tax on five years spread over the British, including more than 500,000 in personal assets.
The commission, a think tank and a team of academics, estimates that the move will raise move 2 billion. Critics warned that it would punish wealthy, cash-poor families and force half a million people to sell their homes.
In response to the suggestion that one-time asset tariffs do not appear to be a Tory policy, Mr Sunak said: “I think this is correct, in the sense that we are a party that believes in aspirations. In fact, we should celebrate aspirations.
He warned that he had not yet read the commission’s report.
Two reasons for the recovery of the economy from the epidemic are the roll out of vaccines and ensuring adequate government support – “to get the kind of bridge out of here,” he said.
“Everything happens very quickly in the side-up view. We’ve got all our support in the right place. We can’t lose too much. You can’t cut so many scars from displacement in the middle.”
In an extensive interview, the 40-year-old chancellor said his constituency had shaped his politics. “They’re trivial, they care about how I spend their money and they put me on my toes whenever I’m out and about.”
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