Thought for the day

"I just wonder what it would be like to be reincarnated in an animal whose species had been so reduced in numbers than it was in danger of extinction. What would be its feelings toward the human species whose population explosion had denied it somewhere to exist.... I must confess that I am tempted to ask for reincarnation as a particularly deadly virus." -- Prince Philip, in his Forward to "If I Were an Animal" - United Kingdom, Robin Clark Ltd., 1986.

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A video has emerged of the leadership candidate addressing party members in Tunbridge Wells, Kent in which he speaks of managing to start "changing the funding formulas" to give more money to wealthy parts of the country. The average house price in the prosperous town is £528,459, almost double the national average.

Mr Sunak's remarks were made despite his repeated reassurances he wants to stick to the levelling up agenda first set out by Boris Johnson.

In a speech which is likely to spark outrage, he said: "I managed to start changing the funding formulas to make sure that areas like this are getting the funding that they deserve.

"Because we inherited a bunch of funding formulas from the Labour Party that shoved all the funding into deprived urban areas.

"That needed to be undone.

"I started the work of undoing that."