Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister – in the House of Commons at 11:30 am on 2nd April 2008.

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Photo of William Hague William Hague Shadow Secretary of State (Foreign Affairs) 11:30 am, 2nd April 2008

If the right hon. and learned Lady thinks the tax burden is declining in this country, the Government are even more out of touch than anyone might have thought. The cost of living is rising; real earnings have fallen for two years; and the Government have chosen this moment to hit 5 million mainly lower-paid families and kick them when they are down. Let me read what another Minister said—this time on the record. The Health Minister, Mr. Lewis said that people

"feel the Government is losing touch with what fairness means to the majority who work hard, play by the rules and are feeling squeezed by rising utility bills, the cost of petrol and rising council tax".

Does she not have even a little bit of sympathy with that Minister's view that people feel that the Government are out of touch?

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