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The Budget - It Didn't Take Them Long, Did It?

Thorpe Groyney

Open your mind
Nov 20, 2008
Surely it's plain to see?
So VAT is up to 20%.

Which is very much at odds with what they said here on 9 August 2009 on the Andrew Marr Show: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/8192095.stm

("The Tories have "absolutely no plans" to increase VAT to 20% if they win the next general election, shadow health secretary Andrew Lansley has insisted.

On the BBC's Andrew Marr Show, Mr Lansley rejected reports that the move was being "very actively considered".

He said "no such plan" existed and denied reports that "senior level discussions" were held to discuss it")

And what they said on 29 April 2010 here in the slightly pro-Conservative Daily Mail: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/election/article-1269677/Tories-secret-plot-raise-VAT-19-5-emergency-June-Budget.html

("The Conservatives have denied they plan to hike VAT if they win the election. A Tory spokesman described the claims as 'complete rubbish', adding: 'We have no plans to raise VAT.")

'Progressive' politics indeed.