Income Tax

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office – in the House of Commons at 3:34 pm on 13th May 2008.

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Photo of Alistair Darling Alistair Darling The Chancellor of the Exchequer 3:34 pm, 13th May 2008

My proposal means that through the tax system, assuming the House agrees to the amendments that I have proposed, from September taxpayers will receive a payment of £60, followed by a monthly payment of £10 for the rest of the financial year. I would have thought that that was pretty simple. The hon. Lady would be on stronger ground if she were putting forward an alternative, but as I understand it, the Conservative party does not have a position. It has no idea what it would do.

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Anne Lund
Posted on 15 May 2008 11:29 pm (Report this annotation)

This is a churlish response and merely demeans yet another politician in the eyes of the electorate. Why couldn't Mr Darling merely have answered the question?

mick angel
Posted on 16 May 2008 11:57 am (Report this annotation)

Anne: The simple answer might be because he does not have the best wishes of the electorate at heart and is more interested in scoring cheap political points.

Of course, there is always the possibility he might merely be incompetent and out-of-his-depth.