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The “Roll Back” of Green Taxes

John Rentoul

green roll 300x200 The Roll Back of Green TaxesRationalising the green taxes on energy bills hardly contradicts David Cameron’s claim to lead the “greenest government ever”. Matthew d’Ancona, Andrew Rawnsley and James Forsyth today report Nick Clegg’s synthetic fury at the Prime Minister’s surprise promise to “roll back” green taxes.

But green levies on gas and electricity bills are a mess, as The Independent on Sunday leading article argues, and the “social” bit – subsidising bills for the poor by adding to those of the not-so-poor – really ought to be taken onto general taxation.

Also, green taxes are unpopular, and pretending that they don’t add to bills is not going to make them less so.

As Rawnsley notes, it was significant that the Quad met on Thursday without special advisers – Craig Oliver, Ed Llewellyn and Jonny Oates sometimes sit in. It looks as if something has been agreed for the Autumn Statement on 4 December. There are “big fiscal events” ahead, I have been told.

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  • Pacificweather

    The distraction argument seems to have been effective as far as JR is concerned. Will it work with the Parliamentary Committe?


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