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Amendment of the Law

Part of Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation – in the House of Commons at 7:34 pm on 21st March 2000.

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Photo of Andrew Love Andrew Love Labour/Co-operative, Edmonton 7:34 pm, 21st March 2000

Opposition Members have a theme. I have also read the Red Book, and chart C3 on page 204 shows that in the early 1980s, at the height of Thatcherism, the tax to GDP ratio was 2 per cent. or 3 per cent. higher than it is now. If it was right for the previous Government to raise taxes in a recession, why are we tarred with the brush of doing something unusual?