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Local Taxation

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 5:04 pm on 4th July 2005.

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Photo of Nick Raynsford Nick Raynsford Labour, Greenwich and Woolwich 5:04 pm, 4th July 2005

The truth of the matter is that both Opposition parties are up a gum tree. One argues against revaluation now, but in Committee argued for five-yearly revaluations; the other adopted the view in Committee that revaluation was sensible, but now, because it is embarrassed about that, says that on Third Reading it did not vote for it.

This is nonsense, and the motive behind it is the revealing factor. Both parties are positioning themselves in the short term so that they can attack and criticise the revaluation when it happens without being in any way to blame. That is the position of the politically—let me choose my words carefully—the politically unprincipled, who simply wish to attack and criticise without having a credible alternative to offer.