by Stephen Tall on September 18, 2006
‘The Lib Dems must be bold or they’ll become irrelevant’ – so says Jackie Ashley in today’s Grauniad. She’s right, of course. She’s also out-of-date.
Tempting as it is to ‘fisk’ the whole article, I’m going to shrink from the pleasure. I’ll let today’s Grauniad do it instead.
Current Lib Dem strategy is so hazily general that the party appears to have no direction of travel.
Sir Menzies said the [Lib Dems’ tax] plans would take 2 million of the lowest paid out of tax; would cut the basic rate from 22p to 20p, benefiting 25 million middle-income earners;’ and would raise the top-rate threshold, helping another 1 million workers.
They don’t want to raise taxes overall, or to cut them overall, or to stop squeezing the rich, or to start squeezing the rich.
The changes are also more redistributive than the existing policy, and mark a switch from income to wealth and pollution taxes. … Robert Chote, director of the Institute of Fiscal Studies, told BBC Radio 4 the top 10% of earners would pay around 4% a year more in tax.
… their destiny is surely to be the most boldly and aggressively green of all the parties and to take a left-liberal approach on tax and civil liberties.
[Ming Campbell] urged members … to back ‘the most comprehensive, green and progressive tax reform presented by a political party in decades’.
Hope that helps clear things up, Jackie. All party of the blogging service, dontcha know.