According to a poll published today, 48% of Lib Dem voters are now less inclined to back that party, and they say that their change is as a direct result of the VAT increase. How has Principled Vince responded. He writes “No decision to raise tax is taken lightly, but VAT is more contentious than most. One reason is that VAT is often denounced as if it were the most regressive tax of all. However, the truth is more nuanced. As a proportion of expenditure, it is in fact mildly progressive”.
Yesterday I wrote of Cable: “The sight of Vince Cable bumbling and stuttering through feeble and half-hearted defences of his party’s total sell-out of his policies, his sound economic analysis and his principled stand on the banks, is pitiful. Actually it is beneath contempt”.
Appearing on the Andrew Marr programme, as I write this, Cable dismissed the VAT Bombsell allegation made by the Lib Dems against the Tories “That was during the election campaign” and that the Lib Dems are now in coalition.
I wonder how Cable will justify the latest analysis of the ConDemNation budget. It shows that the measures will hit the poorest six times harder than the rich. The poorest 10%, those with an annual income of less than £14,200 will experience a 21.7% cut. The richest, those with an annual income of over £49,700, with experience just a 3.6% cut.
How could someone who was so right about the banking crisis become so wrong about the impact of cuts on ordinary people?