I am getting increasingly concerned at the ideas and suggestions coming out of Philip Hammond’s Treasury not least of which is the very un- Conservative idea of increasing taxes to fund the cessation of so called austerity.
Conservatives don’t increase taxes, they reduce them. Historically that is our way of improving revenue returns as any student of a Laffer curve will tell you and as we have seen since the Conservatives have cut taxes since coming to power in 2010.
It seems to me that this is being fuelled by the nonsensical idea that amidst the daily dose of rubbish emanating from Labour that Mr. Hammond is intent on being as unlike Labour as he can be whilst doing something that Labour always does – increases taxes, and then find that lo and behold, no increase in revenue is forthcoming.
If our Party wants to reduce the effect of austerity, which I think is very much exaggerated anyway, the best way to do that is to put more pounds in people’s pockets to spend. The best way to do that would be to reduce personal income tax rates for EVERYONE so as not to suffer the jibes from Labour that we are only looking after our ‘rich’ friends.
May I also suggest that a further cut in Corporation Tax would herald to the business community our faith in them to invest and tell the world’s business leaders that we are very much open for business as a low tax haven for investment.
A few other suggestions for you to ponder.
Please ditch HS2. It is a huge waste of money the benefits of which are very much unproven and as a regular traveller from Manchester to London, I can tell you that knocking 20 minutes or so off the journey time isn’t worth wasting £50-100bn on. You would kill austerity stone dead with that immediately.
Please get the heavyweights out into the electorate and start championing what we have done over the last 7 years. Labour has stolen our limelight by lies and unfunded promises which we have totally failed to take on and prove to be totally wrong. We have more people IN work than in my 70 year lifetime. We are funding the NHS at unprecedented levels but still have top heavy management rather than front line practitioners the former wasting hard earned money on management speak and crackpot schemes rather than healthcare provision.
And please, please, stop TALKING about house building but get on and do it. If you want to get the young vote back, I.e. the 18-35 age range that we totally failed to engage with in the election, give them something tangible to latch on to, namely the Conservative way of providing affordable homes. Not the toffees and sweets of Labour but a good old fashioned dose of the tangible asset of home ownership.
Whether you like it or not, we are taking a pounding from this Communist charlatan Corbyn and any complacent view that he will run out of steam anytime soon is just that, arrogant complacency. When he’s bussing in Momentum neer do wells into London’s streets every weekend where on earth are we? And more to the point, where is our Home Office in banning marches and parades that are clearly being used by Corbyn and Momentum to incite civil unrest and subversion of our democratic process. A Conservative government was elected on June 8th, just (albeit that we were very close to electing a crypto Marxist ministry as William Hague described it in his Telegraph column) but unlike Remain nonsense after the EU Referendum last year, the result is being undermined by actions on London’s streets that must be bordering on illegal or at least in need of Home Office scrutiny. I would also suggest, albeit sounding a bit of a conspiracy theorist in saying it, that MI5/6 should be looking at the relationship between Corbyn, McDonnell, Momentum and Russia. There is nothing that Putin would love more than to see our great country subject to Marxist infiltration at Parliamentary level and nobody is going to convince me that apart from an appalling manifesto in the GE, double voting by students did take place and some degree of Russian involvement on the Internet did subscribe to our spiralling decline from a 20 point lead to hanging on by our finger tips in 7 weeks.
Can we please start a serious fight back, Prime Minister? Let’s get our great Party not only back on the road but leading from the front and quashing what has become a very frightening prospect for many of your people, namely the possibility of a Marxist Administration in this country that would bankrupt us within a year. To that end, Mr. Hammond either needs to get on message rapidly or consider his position.
Let’s get on with it, please.