Clegg: 80-90% of voters better off under Lib Dem tax plans

by Stephen Tall on September 11, 2008

There’s a pre-conference interview with Nick Clegg in today’s London Evening Standard (copied ‘n’ pasted across to the Daily Mail) in which the Lib Dems’ tax-cutting agenda is spelled out. Worth reading in full, but here are some highlights:

On the Lib Dems plans to reduce taxes:

Mr Clegg admitted the Lib-Dems had urged higher spending in the past, but said that the political “terms of trade have changed” thanks to soaring food and fuel bills being faced by voters.

On the winners and losers:

“Those people who would be paying more would be a minority of taxpayers at the top. We are talking about the vast, vast majority of British taxpayers, say 80 to 90 per cent, who would do better out of our proposals.”

On Prime Minister’s Questions (bizarrely and inaccurately Nick is tainted as a poor performer – in fact, leaving Vince to one side, he’s probably been the most consistently effective Lib Dem leader at PMQs):

“I’m in an unusual position in the sense that unlike David Cameron and Gordon Brown, I have only two questions, Cameron has got six, and he has got a nice prop (the dispatch box) which he can lean on. I have got 500 grown men and women yelling at me.”