by Stephen Tall on April 11, 2010
Pushed for time, but want to keep up-to-date with how the campaign’s going? Here are today’s must-reads ….
- Nick Clegg launches policies for families (Lib Dems)
As the Tories launched their tax-war on widows, working couples and jilted wives, Nick Clegg was spelling out his priority: “We will cut taxes for all working families on low and middle incomes, not just a select few.” Launching the party’s policies for families – focusing on fair taxes, high-quality child-care, flexible working, care for older people, and affordable homes – Nick commented:
Modern families come in all shapes and sizes. One-size fits all policies like tax breaks for married couples are just not right for our times. Liberal Democrats will give all mothers and fathers the support and flexibility they need to spend time with their children.
“We will cut taxes for all working families on low and middle incomes, not just a select few. Following the birth of a child, we will allow parents to share leave between them. We will help fathers to share parenting, giving them the right to time off for antenatal appointments. And we will change the way tax credits are paid so you can rely on them and you don’t face the nightmare of having to pay back thousands of pounds when the government messes up your payments.”
- It’s not the answers that will win this election, it’s the questions (Andrew Rawnsley, Observer)
Andrew introduces us to ‘Rawnsley’s Rule’: “victory goes to the party which makes its question most resonant with the voters”. His conclusion:
Nick Clegg can’t pose an election-winning question. But he does have one which might deprive either of his rivals of an unequivocal victory. That question is: do you distrust both of them?
In an in-depth interview, Nick makes his central pitch:
A liberal basically believes that what you should be doing, every waking minute if you are in politics, is trying to release potential, create opportunity, remove barriers to social progress, liberate social mobility,” says Clegg. “That is why our tax proposals will be the centrepiece of our manifesto. They exemplify and dramatise what is wrong with contemporary Britain. It is not liberal enough.”
His closing statement:
Look. You don’t need to settle for this tired old contest between Labour and the Tories. Just dip your toe in this election and vote this time to do something different.”
These are the three pieces which caught my eye – seen or heard anything else in today’s media to draw LDV readers’ attention to? Let us know in the comments thread.