Sajid Javid says he stepped down as Chancellor instead of sacking his advisers ‘to avoid being humiliated’
Sajid Javid revealed why he decided to resign rather than sack his advisers He said that he would have faced humiliation if he gave in to the demandsMr Javid also revealed the plans he would have proposed in this year’s Budget
Sajid Javid revealed how he took the decision to resign as Chancellor instead of being ‘humiliated’ by sacking all his aides at a reshuffle.
Mr Javid dramatically stepped down earlier this month following a brutal turf war between Boris Johnson’s chief adviser Dominic Cummings and Treasury aides.
The Bromsgrove MP was given an ultimatum by the PM that he must accept his political advisers being ousted to stay in No11 – but he chose to walk away.
Defending his decision, he told The Times: ‘It was really hard. I wanted to do a budget but . . . when the prime minister said to me these are the conditions, in my mind it was black and white.
‘Even if I had entertained the idea for a second I would be absolutely humiliated afterwards.’
Sajid Javid revealed how he took the decision to resign as Chancellor instead of being ‘humiliated’ by sacking all his aides at a reshuffle
Conservative heavyweight Mr Javid, 50, said other Cabinet members hastily congratulated him after defending the right of ministers to offer Prime Minister Boris Johnson ‘candid advice’.
He said he had text messages from other Cabinet ministers telling him ‘well done’, thanking him for speaking on all their behalf.
Mr Javid added: ‘I loved my job. I have wanted to be Chancellor since I knew who Nigel Lawson was when I was a kid and the only person that believed I could ever become chancellor was my dad. He never got to see it.’
In a move that could be seen as a challenge to his replacement Rishi Sunak – and the Government as a whole – Mr Javid revealed the Budget he had planned to announce, focusing on tax cuts and moves towards economic liberalisation.
His doomed Budget proposed:
Reducing the 20p basic rate of income tax to 18p from AprilAdditional cuts to take the basic rate down to 15p by 2025Tax breaks for business capital investorsQuick-charging points for electric vehiclesThe introduction of ‘super enterprise zones’ Reductions to stamp duty
Mr Javid said he had ‘no option’ but to leave Cabinet when he was told to sack his advisers, and he still has to unpack boxes after moving from the seat of British power in Downing Street back to Fulham.