Andrew Allison

Magpies

In Burnham, Cameron, Osborne on October 13, 2007 at 3:44 pm

You turn if you want to. The lady’s not for turning.’

I don’t think anyone involved in politics needs to be reminded that it was Margaret Thatcher who spoke those immortal words. Unfortunately – or fortunately depending on your point of view – ‘U’ turns seem to be the order of the day for the government at the moment. The latest is on tax relief for married couples. Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Andy Burnham, says, “It’s not wrong that the tax system should recognise commitment and marriage.”

Shadow Chancellor George Osborne said: “For two years, David Cameron has been making the case for recognising marriage in the tax system and Gordon Brown has been attacking him for it.
“Now one of his minions appears to say we are right.
“This is further confirmation that we are in command of the agenda in British politics and the government doesn’t know whether it is coming or going.”

You can understand why the Conservative Party will be reluctant to spill the beans on their tax plans in the near future. I hear the cabinet are going on a works outing this evening to Covent Garden. I understand they are watching the Royal Opera perform Rossini’s, ‘The Thieving Magpie.’

Qutoes via BBC News

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  1. I wonder how much the cabinet works outing costs the tax payer?

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