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Time to talk about tax cuts, David

Gordon Brown’s misery deepens. On Wednesday, he was prancing around with a sharp knife, pretending to be a taxcutter. The ploy backfired, and he ended up slitting his own throat instead. Almost everybody saw through his illusory tax cut, and by his own actions, he has now freed the timid Conservative Party to start talking about tax cuts.

Today brings even worse news for him. A Yougov poll for the Daily Telegraph conducted after the Budget gives the Conservatives an eight-point lead. In addition:

  • 36 per cent of respondents are not looking forward at all to Gordon Brown as Prime Minister, with a further 18 per cent not much looking forward to that happy day;
  • 46 per cent think there is a black hole in the public finances, or there soon will be;
  • 33 per cent think Gordon Brown should have cut income tax more, and announced smaller spending increases; and
  • 75 per cent do not think that the next Labour Government will cut taxes.

So what next? Will Labour panic and start looking seriously for an alternative candidate? Most likely not. Most Labour backbenchers are as cowardly as Gordon Brown. They lack the courage to take their political destiny into their hands, despairing quietly and floating supinely towards their own doom.

And what about David Cameron? He should not rejoice too loudly. He should take another look at the Yougov poll. Only 23 per cent think his Government would cut taxes. What is he going to do about that? Taxpayers are labouring under the heaviest tax burden for many years, and he cannot continue to pretend that he is unaware of this.

If David Cameron wants to be taken seriously as a potential Prime Minister, he must begin to address this issue. I would like to hear about proper tax cuts, not cuts that are ‘offset’ by abolishing tax reliefs elsewhere, as George Osborne promised us earlier this week when he talked about a corporation tax cut. And no more mealy-mouthed talk of ‘sharing the proceeds of growth’. Let us instead hear talk of ‘relieving the burden of taxation’.

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12 Responses to “Time to talk about tax cuts, David”

  1. Tony Says:

    I could live with a pledge to reduce taxes as reforms are being carried out. But with the committments the Tories might inherit from Brown, cutting tax may just increase the government’s borrowing requirement to fund wasteful activity until it can be addressed.

    Brown is got Osborne over a barrel at the moment because Ossy cannot pledge the things he would like to do until he discovers just what nasty traps Brown has set in and around the Treasury. Undoing Labour’s damaging policies cannot be achieved over night.

  2. newmania Says:

    Well yes and no Bell IMHO. Its not what you say its what people hear. The problem Cameron has is that he has to win votes from those who are reliant on the state in one way or another . This is not , as the silly telegraph thinks , a matter of services , god know ,it is benefits , housing and jobs in other words the big boys .
    The voters will allow for the Conservatives to be under playing their tax cutting DNA anyway so the language ,or semiotics here, is microscopically sensitive. What is more, the very marginal seats the Party needs to win , the 800,000 who decide , are themselves especially attuned to the language of tax cuts . ,many are in the Public sector who know that means Job cuts Cameron is quite right to attack the middle ground it is the only way to win and had he listened to the Heffers of the world then would be losing . He is the first Party leader on our side to understand brands and marketing, and precisely the meanings that are imputed to voters for whom unlike you , or I for that matter , political discourse is a peripheral concern .
    He cannot and must not start promising major tax cuts now it is a question of building the Constituency of support and in the centre and the taking it to the right .

    You Bel with your rather attractive up and at `em approach , and those like you , have a role to play of course but what I rally want s for the good ship Real Conservative agenda, to run under a bland flag until it is safely docked in the harbour of state . Then up goes the Jolly Roger and the guns turn on the squealing rats at the BBC , the , the FSA , the scroungers , traitors and assorted vermin that need cleansing with flame and hate …..ahem where was I

    Ah yes so in the meantime everyone act normal even if it means a little cross dressing . You`ll enjoy it .I know I will

  3. newmania Says:

    Sorry for spelling and punctuation I `m a bit busy with filthy sordid trade

  4. Joe Says:

    Amazes me that economists don’t realise that low corporation tax is the FIRST tax cut that should spring to mind. Has no one studied what happened to Ireland in the eighties.
    Low corporation tac. Argue about it if you want. It works.

    Methinketh your hopes for DC are a little high, Bel.

    I think we’ll get Charles Clarke as PM for reasons I may already have posted here. If I heven’t Bel, and it’s somewhere else I’m thinking of, let me know, and I’ll explain my logic here.

  5. Bel Says:

    Joe, I would be very interested to hear your your explanation for Charles Clark as PM.

  6. Joe Says:

    You’re lucky Bel. Blog updated, everone else’s blog visited, twenty minutes to spare before I go…

    May 3rd, Holyrood. SNP 37 seats, LDs 20 seats, Greens 7 seats, Labour 45 seats. Lib Dems not going to back up Labour again, not after they’ve lost support. SNP/LD/Green coalition on the basis of a referendum AFTER the next UK elction. (Which Cameron will possibly win, the SNP certainly hope he will, it will maximise the pro-independence vote.)

    In these circumstances,English Labour MPs will see that a leader with a scottish seat just ain’t good, and while they expect to lose next time, those with majorities of less than 5,000 want to be in opposition against Cameron and not seatless.

    Brown knows he will lose the next election- his policy is simply to screw it up fot the incoming government- you know that yourself anyway, Bel. That’s why everyone wants to be deputy leader- great place to be in 2010 when the Labour party is electing a new leader to redefine Labour in opposition post Blair/Brown.

    So if Borpwn (and Reid) are unacceptable because they’re Scottish, no labour politican will want to do a Hague and ruin their career by becoming leader in fruitless times.
    The only person who would piut themselves forward is someone who has nothing tgo lose otherwise. Someone who has no political career left. Someone who might as well play the final gamble. Someone who still believes in Blairism when even Blair can’t be bothered any more. someone whose own constituency is on the line anyway.

    Step forward the loathsome member for Norwich South.

  7. jameshigham Says:

    I think Tony’s right about what ‘the Tories might inherit from Brown’. It’s one thing what they commit to. It’s another checking the devastation after assuming office.

  8. Andrew Allison Says:

    After Brown shot himself in the foot with his budget, I just wonder how many Labour Party members are waking up and thinking: This guy is going to be a disaster?

  9. cityunslicker Says:

    As I posted, I think Osborne is the problem witht he Tories. he is a good mate of Dave’s and does not have the guts to stand up by his policies.

    It is not like we have to promise exact amounts and corner ourselves; we need to make the economic case against the statist madness that is now engulfing the country.

    Hague for shadow chancellor.

  10. Andrew Allison Says:

    cityunslicker: ‘Hague for shadow chancellor.’ Hear, hear!

  11. Daily Referendum Says:

    Cityunslicker,

    When I clicked on your name to go to your site, I got redirected to a load of religious mumbo jumbo. I think you need to check it out.

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