Posts Tagged “mansion tax”

Higher-rate tax and Danny Alexander’s time-limited dead body

by Stephen Tall on February 5, 2014

This was the couldn’t-be-clearer headline in the Mirror today, atop an interview with Lib Dem chief secretary to the treasury Danny Alexander: Defiant Danny Alexander today opened up a fresh rift within the Coalition Government by vowing to block Tory plans for yet another tax cut for the rich. … His comments will enrage Conservative […]

Lib Dem ‘mansion tax’: the right policy AND a vote-winner, say 69% of party members

by Stephen Tall on April 3, 2013

Lib Dem Voice polled our members-only forum recently to discover what Lib Dem members think of various political issues, the Coalition, and the performance of key party figures. Some 650 party members have responded, and we’re publishing the full results. The Lib Dems are committed to levying a new household tax (known as the Mansion Tax) […]

IFS verdict: Labour’s 10p tax idea “has no plausible economic justification”

by Stephen Tall on February 15, 2013

Ed Miliband’s announcement yesterday that Labour will re-introduce a 10p starting rate of income tax paid for through the introduction of Vince Cable’s mansion tax has received a tepid response from the Institute for Fiscal Studies. The IFS put out a note yesterday headed simply, Better options exist to help low earners than 10p tax […]

‘Please give generously’: Tories mail-shot supporters asking for donations to fight Lib Dem mansion tax

by Stephen Tall on December 9, 2012

That’s the story in the Guardian this weekend: The Conservative party privately sent letters to Tory donors and wealthy homeowners promising to defeat Liberal Democrat plans for a mansion tax at the same time as their coalition partners thought they were negotiating on a version of the proposal ahead of the autumn statement, it emerged […]

Lib Dem members back Vince’s ‘mansion tax’ – but views differ about whether on house values of £1m or £2m

by Stephen Tall on February 14, 2012

Lib Dem Voice has polled our members-only forum to discover what Lib Dem members think of various political issues, the Coalition, and the performance of key party figures. Some 570 party members responded, and we’re publishing the full results. 81% yes to mansion tax – but pretty even split on £1m or £2m levy value LDV asked: […]

Vince pushes the ‘mansion tax’ – could the Tories yet be persuaded to take tax reform seriously?

by Stephen Tall on January 22, 2012

Shock! Horror! Lib Dem business secretary Vince Cable advocates Lib Dem manifesto policy! The Telegraph today reports that Vince’s policy — which would levy a 1% annual charge on all properties valued above £2 million — is still on the table as the Coalition writes its second budget: Vince Cable, the Liberal Democrat Business Secretary, […]

David Miliband adopts Lib Dem mansion tax policy

by Stephen Tall on August 3, 2010

The Guardian reports today: Owners of homes worth more than £2m should pay an annual “mansion tax” to help the poor, Labour leadership contender David Miliband said today. The shadow foreign secretary said the levy would raise £1.7bn to restore housing benefit for the least well-off. The proposal – outlined in an interview with the […]

The Guardian’s approving verdict on the Lib Dems’ manifesto principles is correct … but for the wrong reasons

by Stephen Tall on January 12, 2010

Nick Clegg will have enjoyed reading this morning’s Guardian editorial (Nick Clegg: Liberal parenting) over his breakfast porridge today. The paper commends Nick for yesterday’s launch of the principles which will underpin the Lib Dems’ election manifesto.
At the same time it betrays the Guardian’s usual unawareness of the party’s democratic decision-making principles. According to […]

Vince’s revamped Mansion Tax gets ‘twumbs-up’ from Susan Kramer

by Stephen Tall on November 30, 2009

Ever since the Lib Dems shadow chancellor Vince Cable launched his proposed Mansion Tax on an unsuspecting world in September, there has been a suspicion that neighbouring Richmond Lib Dem MP Susan Kramer – who faces a tough battle against trustafarian Tory Zac Goldsmith – was, how shall we put this?, a little less than […]

Nick Clegg announces new Lib Dem tax policies with emphasis on fairness

by Stephen Tall on November 30, 2009

As I write, Nick Clegg and Vince Cable are setting out the framework of ‘the party’s tax policies, the philosophical basis that underpins them and the contrast between the Liberal Democrats’ policies and those of the other two parties.’
This has been well trailed in the media this morning, with Nick conducting a series of […]