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Date published: 2008/08/17

The BBC says:

A minister has called on the government to consider a tax on high earners to help the middle classes through the economic slowdown.

Writing in the Sunday Times, Health Minister Ivan Lewis said introducing practical measures to boost morale at this difficult time was vital.

He warns that Labour will lose the next election if it does not take tough tax decisions to bail out core voters.
"Our duty is to act decisively and make tax and spending decisions that show we understand what it is like to cope with rising food, fuel and utility bills," Mr Lewis said.

"If as a result of the current economic situation the only way to help hard-pressed middle-class families is to ask the higher earners to pay more, then serious consideration should be given to that," he added.

He does not specify how much one has to earn to fall within this bracket, but it is thought to be aimed at people earning £250,000 and more, according to the newspaper.

If Mr Lewis wants voters to see that minsters "understand what it is like to cope with rising food, fuel and utility bills" then the government should do what voters have to do, i.e. cut back. But instead of that, he proposes the age old miracle cure of soaking the (super) rich. And for some reason the spin seems to be about helping the "middle classes" (i.e. the rich), who (on average) are the least affected by the downturn, after the super rich.

Unfortunately for Mr Lewis and New Labour, all this posturing is pointless. The people of Britain want a change at the top. (The people will soon enough discover that the new lot is no better than the current lot, just posher and more arrogant.)

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