Tactical tit-for-tat over the minimum wage

Last week, the Liberal Democrats accused the Tories of “nicking” their ideas amid signs of a Tory push for a substantial rise in the minimum wage. Treasury minister Sajid Javid says there is a “strong case” for an increase, since the £6.31 rate is 10% below 2008 levels in real terms, says Sam Coates in The Times.

George Osborne says a rise would be welcome, but also cautioned against “self-defeating” increases if they came at the expense of jobs. This is a “cynical” attempt by the Tories to “buff up” their caring image, says Simon Heffer in the Daily [...]

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