Thursday, March 24, 2011

We're all in this together

The government has decided that the near-bankruptcy of the British state is no reason not to offer a 'multi-billion pound tax cut' to the people who clog up our roads the most. Of all the things that could be done to relieve the squeeze on disposable income, it's hard to imagine anything more stupid than this. After all, this encourages people to do something which we should trying to discourage. It is also regressive, since people who use their cars the most tend not to be poor. Why not increase tax credits instead? Or reinstate 80% child care relief for low earners?

I suppose nobody will be that surprised that the 'greening' of the Conservatives under David Cameron turned out to be a PR stunt. But I wonder how long the Lib Dems can go on pretending they agree with all this.