The Apollo Project
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Wednesday, January 25, 2006
Silver Linings
by Steve Travis

There is much gossip about potential MP defectors to the Tories. Even the Independent decided to speculate on this matter.

Leaving aside the fact that defectors rarely prosper, I suspect any potential leaver would want to see some action rather than warm words on Cameron's part before jumping ship. And this ignores the signal fact that becoming a Lib Dem MP is bloody difficult, and anyone who wanted the easy route to power would have joined the Tories (or Labour) in the first place.

What seems to have been less remarked upon is the tremendous opportunity that's been presented to us with the Cameron "no tax-cuts" announcements of recent days. With even Simon Hughes singing Vince Cable's praises, it's clear that the centre of gravity amongst the party's talent is recognised by all the leadership contenders.

Our heavyweight economics team now have the chance to put forward a visionary, challenging and above all popular fiscal programme that lifts people out of tax altogether, and rebalances the tax-take away from income and towards other forms of taxation, such as environmental, property and capital taxes.

Lets hope this is siezed with both hands. That would really shoot the Tory fox - social justice and fiscal imaginativeness!
posted by Apollo Project @ 10:45 am  
  • At 25 January, 2006 11:25, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Iain Dale thinks Laws will defect. He should, too. Why is he wasting his time with a bunch of sandal-wearing losers?

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