We’ve now had the initial three day session of the extraordinary half price meal deal announced by Chancellor Sunak last month and from my totally unscientific findings it has certainly grabbed the public’s attention. Just about everybody I’ve meet over the first three days is talking about it and certainly participating cafes and restaurants seemed to have been full.
The only complaint where I was yesterday was that it was so busy that we all had to wait 45 minutes or more for the half price meals to be prepared and brought to the table. As a means of reviving the hospitality industry this looks like being a success.
But what about the author of the scheme in his week of triumph. Well the Refield & Wilton “best PM” rating in which poll samples are asked to compare Sunak with Johnson record a sharp setback for the Chancellor. In the middle of last month he had two weeks when he was level pegging with Boris but this has all changed as can be seen in the table above. The PM is now back with an 8% lead over Rishi.
The Chancellor’s problem, I would suggest, is that he’s now out of the limlight.