June 11, 2006

"The unspoken case for lower taxes"

This is the title of today's leader in The Business. The paper says (rightly) that no UK political party is arguing the case for a policy of lower taxes, and then proceeds to rehearse it at some length. It concludes that
Until Mr Cameron grasps the importance of rolling back the state and finds a new language to sell such a vision to the country – by showing how lower taxes would help ordinary people, including the most vulnerable, would not damage schools and hospitals but would allow Britain to compete with the emerging economic giants of the Far East – it will matter little whether Mr Cameron or Mr Brown is in 10 Downing Street after the next election. No wonder there is once again the palpable smell of decline in the British atmosphere.
UKIP can grasp the nettle of becoming a party with a broad range of UK policies (as the chairman promised when he was appointed) or continue just concentrating occasional ragged fire on the EU, and remain marginal to the UK political process.

If UKIP wants to grasp the nettle there will be plenty of think tanks and policymakers ready with advice. But the party has to find the confidence to reach out and embrace the process.

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