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Kennedy criticises 'unfair' taxes
Gordon Brown has failed to tackle the "fundamental unfairness" in the tax system in his ninth Budget, Charles Kennedy has said.
How was it right that the poorest 20% of society were still paying more as a proportion of their income than the richest 20%, the Lib Dem leader asked.
The new £200 council tax rebate for pensioners did nothing to fix the "unfair tax", he added.
The government could not go on "patching up" the system, he added.
Howard attacks 'pay later' Budget
Tory leader Michael Howard has dismissed Gordon Brown's Budget as "vote now, pay later" spending plans.
The simple fact was that under a new Labour government taxes would go up after the election to plug a financial black hole, Mr Howard said.
Everyone could see the chancellor's "sweeteners", but these hid tax rises for hard working families, he said.
Labour's "faltering election campaign" would not be helped by the package of measures, Mr Howard added.