Monday, 30 December 2013

Labour and tax increases

Jackie Ashley reiterated some really bad news: "old Blairites are being brought back" to advise Milband on Labour`s 2015 election strategy. (Will winning in 2015 destroy Labour for a generation?27/12/13) However, she seemed more concerned about the "queasy prospect" of a Labour government having to raise income tax and "cope with raging public anger".She can rest easy; there will be no "anger" as long as the tax increases are aimed at the people who can afford to pay more, at the people who brought about the crash in 2008, and at the people who have escaped scot-free both the austerity measures and the feeble attempts by the Tories and their Lib Dem poodles to end tax avoidance and evasion. If levels have to be raised to 60% or higher, so be it, but a tax policy based on fairness, which means people on around average earnings or below not needing be targeted at all, seems to me to provide a sound foundation on which to run a successful election campaign, and a government in it for the long haul.

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