Cable: no to regional pay; Clegg: yes to taxes on wealth; Alexander: tougher tax rules

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News snippets from today:

Speaking on the Andrew Marr Show this morning, the Liberal Democrat leader ruled out the possibility of the Government filling the gap in public finances through cuts to the welfare budget – something reportedly being mooted on the Conservative benches.

He said the Government would “start at the top and work down”, and was optimistic about his chances of persuading his Conservative colleagues to agree to a so-called ‘wealth tax’. [Politics Home]

 

Cable said that introducing regional pay was “completely unacceptable” and “terrible economics”. He said that although the Lib Dems were prepared to contemplate a measure of public sector pay flexibility in different parts of the country to help recruitment, across-the-board regional pay would be a mistake. [Guardian]

 

[Danny Alexander has announced that:]

  • Half a million people with property and assets worth over £1 million will come under extra scrutiny to make sure they are not cheating the taxman.
  • The Government is to order new BBC Director General George Entwistle to stop its celebrities and executives using tax avoidance ploys.
  • Soccer players and managers who dodge tax face fines of up to £100,000. [Mail on Sunday]

* Mark Pack is a member of the Federal Board and editor of Liberal Democrat Newswire. He is a candidate for Party President.

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3 Comments

  • Tony Dawson 23rd Sep '12 - 9:43pm

    Some fine words there in those speeches. But the proof of the pudding will be in the eating. And Lib Dems will do well to measure success by the perceptions of those who the policies are meant to help rather than from the position of those who are doing the ‘helping’.

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