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

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, is pushing for a mansion tax to be introduced on properties worth more than £2million in this year’s Budget. While the policy is likely to be opposed by George Osborne, the Chancellor, Mr Cable said that he had spoken to Conservative MPs who backed the plan.

“A mansion tax is still very much on the agenda – it is a very good idea,” Mr Cable told The Sunday Telegraph. “It is good for two reasons,’’ he said. ”It would constitute a tax on wealth rather than income, which we believe to be right, and also in economic terms it creates the right sort of incentives for the property market.”

Mr Cable added that it was “perverse” that rich “foreigners” could buy expensive properties in Britain and contribute just £1,000 a year in council tax towards the public finances.

3 ways of reading Vince’s comments

There are a couple of ways of interpreting this fresh pitch.

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Opinion: The modern Conservative party – how very Reckless

If Dickens had invented a character called “Mark Reckless”, it might have looked a little contrived. The Conservative MP for Strood and Rochester has argued that Britain should withdraw from the EU, and claims that over half his Conservative colleagues support him.

And not since such Dickensian figures as Sir Leicester Dedlock or Artful Dodger has a character lived up to his name with such enthusiasm. For think how reckless it would be if Britain were to withdraw from the EU, a scenario which even Margaret Thatcher considered suicidal and which was once the lonely position of the lunatic, Bennite left.

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PMQs: Nadine Dorries leaves the PM speechless

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MPs’ budget bender (Or: Reckless by name …)

Two new Tory MPs have been publicly named and shamed in today’s papers for getting so drunk that – allegedly – one fell to the floor of the House of Commons bar, while another was rude to a Commons official.

Mark Reckless (for it is he) has ‘fessed up to his own drunkenness, including being so paralytic he missed a Budget vote. The Mail reports:

Worst affected was Mark Reckless, who has been Tory MP for Rochester for just two months. The former banker, who has campaigned to save the ‘Great British pub’, fell to the floor of a Commons bar

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