Income tax cuts for millions: delivered by the Liberal Democrats

The big increase in the basic income tax allowance to £10,000 is one of the most popular policies of the government* but also one there’s a bit of a political tussle over claiming credit for. It’s a tussle that so far the Liberal Democrats are mostly, but not totally, winning.

However, the case for this being a Liberal Democrat policy, delivered only thanks to the Liberal Democrats being in government and despite Conservative opposition, is a compelling and simple one-two.

First, it was there in the Liberal Democrat 2010 manifesto; in fact, the very first policy in the list of priorities listed in that document:

Lib Dem 2010 manifesto list of priorities

Second, David Cameron explicitly opposed the policy during the 2010 election TV debates: “We cannot afford it” he said.

Turns out we could afford it – but it only happened because of the Liberal Democrats.

That’s just one of the many policies the Liberal Democrats have secured since 2010:

Liberal Democrat achievements in government - 1200px v5



* Though surely the most popular must be one that Lynne Featherstone introduced and which Norman Baker worked on heavily. Not equal marriage but banning wheel clamping on private land – backed by a remarkable 87% of voters. Unless anyone can point to a policy with a higher polling rating than 87%?

2 responses to “Income tax cuts for millions: delivered by the Liberal Democrats”

  1. […] All of which is of course an excellent reason to help Lynne Featherstone’s campaign, and re-elect the Lib Dem MP who has delivered one of the party’s centrepiece achievements of this Parliament, put another major social change at the top of the political agenda and secured what is probably the most popular policy of any Lib Dem minister – backed by a remarkable 87% of voters (see the footnote here). […]

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