The Prime Minister has changed his line. In his conference speech last month he said:
The rich will pay a greater share of tax in every year of this Parliament than in any one of the 13 years under Labour.
The richest in our country will actually be paying more in income tax in every year of this Government than in any year of that Government.
(Emphasis added.) In other words, meaningless guff. It is not income tax that matters, but the share of the total tax burden that is borne by the rich.
Meanwhile, though, congratulations to Tom Harris for the best question of the day:
Tagged in: david cameron, equality, inequality, tax
Last week, the Prime Minister told me and the House that the Government were investing an extra £900 million to combat tax avoidance. In fact, as Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs will confirm, no such investment is taking place, and HMRC is facing a 15% cut in its budget. So is the Prime Minister guilty of fact avoidance or fact evasion?
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