David Cameron warned yesterday that the better-off must share the pain of repairing public finances.Good point. Surely no-one could argue with that?
He said tax credits for households on £50,000 a year or more could no longer be justified.
But oh, what's this?
The Tory leader also hinted that his flagship inheritance tax cut may take several years to implement - and raised the prospect of new road tolls.Dave, Dave, Dave…
Mr Cameron said: 'In saying to the country that we need to reduce public spending, we need to get the budget balance under control, we've got to be able to demonstrate to people that this is fair and seen to be fair and that everyone is putting their shoulder to the wheel.
'And that means the wealthy have to pay their fair share.'
The wealthy are already paying their fair share. Talking about it in these terms isn’t going to earn you any brownie points with anyone other than the idiots who believe wealth is a zero-sum game, and if someone has a lot, there’s less for others.
Do you really want to attract idiots like that?
But he risked angering Right-wing MPs by insisting that the budgets for overseas aid and the NHS would not be touched - and would continue to grow. Insulating those areas will mean deeper cuts elsewhere.We’ve already discussed how bad an idea this is. And it’s not ‘right-wing MPs’ he should be wary of alienating, but voters.
There’s no point telling everyone they have to ‘put their shoulders to the wheel’ if we are then sending some of the product of that labour to people who aren’t within a mile of the wheel at all, never mind that they aren’t also putting their backs into it…
In his toughest message yet on public finances, Mr Cameron said it was time to 'look the British public in the eye' and make it clear 'we are going to cut public spending'. A Tory government would start at the centre by reducing the number of MPs and having fewer ministers.Now, this is a good thing.
Providing, that is, that quangos and fakecharities don’t simply spring up to carry on where they left off…
Mr Cameron said voters were 'crying out for someone who's going to say "right, we are all in this together, we've got to take these steps together"'.No, voters are looking for someone to do those things, not say they will…
We had that with New Labour. Are you Blue Labour instead?
After all, you seem to be backtracking on a lot of promises lately. Just like all those other politicians:
On inheritance tax, Mr Cameron said raising the threshold to £1million was something the Tories 'want to do, obviously, in a Parliament' - suggesting it may not be for be several years.If it's a bad tax now, how is it that it won't be such a bad tax when you take the reins, Dave?
He also confirmed that Labour's new 50p tax rate on people earning £150,000-plus would not be scrapped in the early days of a Tory government. It was a 'bad tax rise', he said, but 'not in the list of things that we can get rid of quickly'.
So why should anyone vote for you, Dave? What have you got that the others haven’t?
On the basis of this, not a lot….