Tuesday, 11 March 2008

Tory Tax Mess: Could the Tories Increase Taxes?

Taxes could rise under a Tory government it was revealed today.

Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury Philip Hammond told the Financial Times that reduced borrowing would take priority over tax cuts in the first term of a Tory government.

Although he repeated the Nu-Con mantra that they were a tax-cutting party 'by instinct' he refused to pledge any cuts that would lead to a cut in public services.

This came despite George Osborne's commitment on the Andrew Marr show that they would 'squeeze' spending on welfare and Andrew Lansley's statement that some cuts were inevitable as health spending rises.

The comments from Hammond suggest that the Tories could be going into the next election both pledging to cut spending on the one hand, and refusing to cut taxes on the other.

In fact as Lansley's admission suggests, an increasingly aging and dependent population could well lead the Tories to both spend and therefore tax at a higher level.

All of which will leave most voters wondering just what the Tories are for.


dysleik said...

They have two years to wait until the election, so why talk about policy now?

They should wait as the government discredits itself, reduce their TV apperances, but up well thought out and above all CONSISTENT attacks on the governmnet. They should refuse to answer on 'policy' as they havn't seen the real state of the books (as PFI seems to be off-balence sheet) so it would be a perfectly reasonable line of argument to labour attacks to say 'well you've misspent & hidden costs so we don't have the information avalible to make decisions'

The Tory Troll said...

This was the Tory approach at previous elections and clearly the Cameron tactic now. The problem with it is that the electorate didn't see them as credible. The argument from those on the right such as David Davis, is that the country will take years of consistent convincing before they will accept a lower tax lower spending economy.