It has been striking throughout this 2015 general election campaign that the subject of taxation has been avoided by all the parties other than to pretend that there will be no tax increases afterwards. But the deficit comes up all the time, and the only policy on offer is austerity. Finally we know that Cameron has lost it completely by promising an act of parliament forbidding direct AND indirect taxation rises. The idea that an act of Parliament can be passed to prevent tax rises is exactly like Canute commanding the tide not to rise.
Housing is now too important to be left to the private sector: and the government has become worse than useless. The banks have loads of cash to lend, but high house prices and static incomes make buying a house impossible. The answer is to return housing policy to the people, and solve the problem locally. [Read more…] about Hopeful Housing: A Policy
The forthcoming 2015 general election is not going to be about what kind of Britain we want to have in the future, but rather how we pay the bills. It has already descended into a kind of supermarket debate. Each side is bidding to offer good things in the future, and none really admitting how they will ever pay for it or, at least, they’re not prepared to tell us how they could. [Read more…] about A Vote for Cameron is a Vote for Poverty