Saturday, April 09, 2005

"No tax rise promise" impossible

Can Labour be accused of a secret agenda to rise taxes, but only after they have secured power? That could be the conclusion when reading this article quoting Tessa Jowell, the Culture Secretary. She is correct to say that no politician could ever give a cast iron guarantee as no one knows the future, however, I am sure that it is a racing certainty that taxes will increase under Labour following a historic third term victory. It is only really a question of which taxes and by how much?

I also would like to know when the Culture Secretary became the Chancellor? I have always understood that only the Chancellor is allowed to comment on fiscal policy. Has Gordon now changed his own policy? He announces all the good news and a cabinet colleague announces all the bad news.

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