Mr Osborne is not a reformist, is a salesman. Weirdly, he's got plenty of buyers from outside his core target (a rich niche in itself). He needs to explain why the focus of policy is cutting income taxes for high earners, making it easier to fire people and removing social benefits. Why isn't it about balanced growth through investment and modernisation?
Is anyone seriously thinking the GDP will grow if people making > £150k a year will pay 5 or 10p less to Britain's coffers? It will only increase inequality and further reduce social mobility.
Why do people need to move out of their house if they receive benefits in excess of £26k per annum (we were told life is about hard choices), but Mr Cameron is "instinctively" moved to tears about widows risking to lose their £2m houses if they would pay a wealth tax? Why isn't life about hard choices for everyone?
Perhaps Mr Osbourne should ask himself is it normal that a London flat with ceilings so low that one can reach them standing costs half a million pounds?
The fight against tax avoidance is a government duty that must be pursued in any case, not a political lolly-pop to please the MPs, and a bargain chip to make the sorry Mr Clegg to nod to the return to less than 50p.
Beware fellow muppets!
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March 18, 2012 6:55 pm