Brown ups taxes on the lowest paid

Ming Campbell’s verdict on the budget:

“The big increase in taxation is a doubling of the starting rate of income tax rate. The income tax changes announced in the budget will mean that anyone earning less than around £15,000 will pay more in income tax.”

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  • Richard Huzzey 21st Mar '07 - 5:06pm

    Forget Stalin. This is a George Bush budget, with tax cuts for the rich at the expense of the poor. After slavishly following Bush’s lead on Iraq, Gordon Brown is now copying his tax plans.

    After Bush and Brown’s war on Iraq, it’s Bush and Brown’s war on the poor now.

    How can any Labour party member defend this mean-spirited fiddling round the edges, rather than taking poorer people out of income tax altogether, as Lib Dems propose?

  • The cynical will suggest that there are few people who pay the 10p income tax band but won’t benefit from the 2p cut in the standard rate who are likely to vote Tory.

    Personally – if you start taking people for granted to that degree then they have a nasty habit of reminding you not to do it again.

    The “grab the headlines by cutting income tax and make it up elsewhere” approach to budgets was a favourite of Ken Clarke’s. Look at how electorally successful he was.

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