Boris Johnson is today expected to break a key Manifesto pledge by raising the National Insurance rate.
We asked small business owners around the UK for their views. They ranged from philosophical to outright enraged.
“Is it any wonder the majority of working people in the UK cannot trust politicians as far as they could throw them?”, asks Kieran Boyle, Managing Director of Gloucester-based CKB Recruitment.
Debbie Porter of Destination Digital Marketing, was equally unimpressed: "What’s next in line to be broken from the Manifesto? A hike in income tax and VAT, too?".
But Sarah Loates at Derby-based Loates HR Consultancy was slightly more resigned to the inevitability of tax hikes: "The pandemic has meant spending on a leviathan scale, and something we will all inevitably need to atone for through increased taxation."