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:
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:
* 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%?