Only the “very wealthy” will be forced to pay inheritance tax under plans being drawn up by the Conservatives, David Cameron has signalled. In his clearest indication to date that he will stop anyone who is not a millionaire from paying the levy, the prime minister said that people who did not feel “in any way mega-rich” were being hit.
That’s the news and on the surface, thank goodness for that. Now look at the Scottish promises:
Less than a month after Scots spurned independence, separatists said on Tuesday that British Prime Minister David Cameron was betraying Scotland by reneging on pledges to grant more spending powers to the Scottish parliament.
In a last-ditch attempt to shore up support for the union days before the Sept. 18 referendum that threatened to break apart the United Kingdom, Britain’s three main political parties promised to give more powers to Scotland.
Since then, Britain’s London-based politicians have bickered over what amounts to a full-scale overhaul of the way the United Kingdom is ruled, though party leaders insist they will grant the promised powers to Scots.
Admittedly one is only getting partisan comment here and the Tories would say they are honouring the promises. The bottom line is though, as Farage pointed out in the Clegg debates – yes but nobody believes you any more.
Sure I’d like to see inheritance tax scrapped but the core issue is – do you believe Cameron? All this is is a return to Osborne’s idea but you’ll notice nothing came of it. And the two big defections to UKIP, they came about for one reason only – the two could not trust Cameron any more to deliver what he promised.
Cut income tax for basic AND 40p taxpayers. Now Tories will cut inheritance tax too! What will be promised next?!
Sadly, there will be tribalists who will believe both Cameron and Beaker’s promises before GE15 and what can be done about people’s credulity?
In Churchmouse’s post below, on Labour failing to represent or understand the working class, I’d also ask just whom the left Tories think they represent now? They’ve hit the middle classes hard and working class, whilst the very poor are in the same boat. They’re now proposing to slug the rich as well. Whom is their base now, apart from the tribalists? With every defection, especially at branch level, even at voter level, whom is their base now?
Seems to me it’s the same as Labour’s – the left-liberals, whilst all the rest of us are unrepresented. I don’t trust one word emanating from Cameron, Miliband or Clegg. With Nigel, we wait and see. With him though, there is far less tribalism and thus he’ll be dropped just like that if he starts this reneging business.