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Government out of touch

PUBLISHED: 11:14 06 May 2008 | UPDATED: 20:19 05 July 2010

A LOT can change in 10 years.

Ten years ago, Gordon Brown introduced the 10p tax rate saying it would help the lowest paid people in Britain. Last year he announced that he was abolishing it again.

A LOT can change in 10 years.

Ten years ago, Gordon Brown introduced the 10p tax rate saying it would help the lowest paid people in Britain. Last year he announced that he was abolishing it again.

Liberal Democrat leader Ming Campbell pointed out at that time that this would hurt the lowest-paid taxpayers, yet now Labour MPs appear surprised at the effect on their voters.

After weeks of pressure from all sides all this tired government has been able to come up with is yet another review.

The Treasury shouldn't need to “consult stakeholders” to work out the impact of doubling the rate of income tax for people on low incomes.

This is a desperate attempt to calm Labour MPs who are taking the blame from voters for Gordon Brown's decision to hit some of the poorest workers with a big tax rise for the sake of easy headlines.

It goes to show how out of touch with ordinary people this government really is.

CHRIS THOMAS

Chair

Waveney Liberal Democrats

Oatlands Close

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