Dominic Raab just accidentally boasted that his government has failed workers

Raab (Left) Pennies (Right)
Nathan Griffiths

Amidst the mayhem of the no-confidence vote, Dominic Raab took to Twitter to boast about the government’s real wage statistics. However, the bizarre brag severely backfired, as the statistics showed that real wages are lower than they were 10 years ago.

Clutching at straws

Raab’s tweet stated:

ONS data showing real wages rising at fastest rate in 10 years … is good news for working Britain

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However, the ONS infographic proved that real wages are lower than they were 10 years ago.

The graph shows real wages were around £515 a week under Labour in 2008. 10 years later, under a Conservative government, average real wages are £495 a week. The graph also shows that the fastest growth since his government took over was actually from 2014-2016 with the past two years showing that weekly wages have barely increased at all. Despite this glaring indictment of his government’s failings, Raab says these figures are “good news”.

Meanwhile, when you look at this same graph from 2001 under Labour, the Conservatives’ ‘real wage rise’ looks significantly less impressive.


Real average weakly wages since 2001
Real average weekly wages since 2001 (Source: Resolution Foundation Analysis, ONS)



Twitter users berated the bizarre brag, with many dumbfounded at Raab’s apparent cluelessness:

Serious problems

While we can laugh at Raab for his naive boasting, this highlights a serious problem. People have been worse off for 8 years now. The facts are simple. Under consecutive Conservative-led governments, the cost of living has increased, wages have gone down, and millions are being pushed into poverty. Radical changes are needed. With the Conservatives slowly imploding and the prime minister barely hanging on, this might happen sooner than we think.

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