OK, so now we know.
'Dave' Cameron's great example of "sunshine" and 'new thinking', the tax and spending review, was released tonight by mistake, it should have
Laughably this supposedly 'forward looking' exercise was put into the 'free-thinking' hands of that arch fan of drastically reduced public
spending himself ex-tory leader, the not at all young and very much figure from the past, Michael Howard
even more hilariously
the man Michael Howard himself had to sack for being so recklessly open about the then
secret tory plans
to massively slash public investment just before that last 2005 general election, ex-tory deputy party chairman Howard
Set against a backdrop of public services that are only just recovering from the last (almost 20yr) period of tory under-investment, the "sunshine"
new 'forward looking' tory answer?
Same old same old.
Wow, how hard was it to guess that one, hmmmm?
Tax cuts aimed mainly at the already most well off in our society, a large cut in corporation tax which will shift the burden even further away from
the wealthiest companies operating in the country and onto the middle and bottom end of society and to cap it all the usual public investment cuts.
The people can't say they weren't warned next time, hmmmm?
The tax system should be radically simplified, offering cuts worth up to £21bn, a Conservative policy group is to recommend.
The Tax Reform Commission, set up to advise the Tories, proposes cuts in personal and business taxes
- Naturally the tories are right now running scared and denying that they will implement all of the recommendations (of their own 'think tank') but
it's the same old same old.
They really can't help themselves.
......and the one tax most 'ordinary people' seem to be bothered about so much (ie Council Tax)?
Not even mentioned. At all.
This is the the inevitable typical tory approach
Tax cuts for the already wealthiest, crumbs for the rest dressed up to look like something and decent public provision down the lav once again.
Quite why British people should have to put up with massive public investment reductions and the resultant and inevitable reduced public services
standards when only now (after the sustained, enormous and record investment under this Labour gov) they are reaching the average point
compared to our European neighbours is quite beyond me.
When tory supporters (particularly their youngest supporters) go out on the coming general election trail and end up getting fed up (again) having the
old tory record cast up to them by political opponents (as they will) then they should understand that it is this kind of thing that provokes it, this
sort of predictable 'retread' is precisely why it happens and it is precisely why casting that disastrous record is perfectly legitimate and fully
They never change their instincts and tactics, they would bring disaster to the majority of the country (but not those most wealthy and most
privileged of course) by repeating the same old disastrous policies.
Same old torys same old cuts.......same old general election defeat coming up?
[edit on 18-10-2006 by sminkeypinkey]