3 to see: Lib Dem #GE2010 campaign coverage (12/4/10)

by Stephen Tall on April 12, 2010

Pushed for time, but want to keep up-to-date with how the campaign’s going? Here are today’s must-reads …

Tax is the issue of the day for the Lib Dems, with the party launching an attack on Labour for increasing taxes on the poor over the last 13 years:

According to party analysis of Treasury figures, the poorest 20% of people are losing more of their income in tax than they did in 1997, while the richest 20% are paying less. …

Clegg will say: “On the day Labour launches its manifesto, this is damning evidence that after 13 years they have failed to deliver fair taxes. Despite everything they said in 1997, life has got harder for people at the bottom and easier for people at the top. This is yet another manifesto for an unfair Britain.”

Sean O’Grady, the Indy’s economics editor, has what he claims to be an exclusive that the Lib Dems are preparing to unveil a ‘Robin Hood Tax’ on banks at Wenesday’s manifesto launch:

Although the Liberal Democrats Treasury spokesman, Vince Cable, has already come out in favour of a 10 per cent levy on bank profits, this will be the first time a mainstream political party has embraced the idea of a small tax on the trillions of pounds of inter-bank financial transactions. …

Among the big parties, the Liberal Democrats are now making most use of the financial crisis for political purposes, and tapping deep public anger about the City’s ways. The party has stepped up its attacks on the financial sector in recent weeks, with Mr Cable describing those who threatened to leave the UK in response to tougher regulation and higher taxes as “pin striped Scargills”.

It didn’t take the media long to try and get their first ‘Nick/Vince split’ story, the inevitable flip-side of the pair’s more or less dual leadership of the party’s campaign. Nick, as ever, has given short shrift to the notion:

As the two men appeared alongside each other at their first press conference of the election campaign, Mr Clegg said he was “nothing other than proud” of Mr Cable. He said: “Vince and I have always worked, and continue to work, as an extremely good and effective team together.” …

He added: “I am immensely proud, not only as a friend of Vince but as a colleague, that Vince has emerged as the most-trusted spokesperson on the biggest issue of the day. “It’s a bit like asking the captain of a cricket team whether they mind that they have got the best batsman.”

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.