Tuesday, March 07, 2006
The Taxing Miss Julia Goldsworthy
The Oxford Liberal takes issue today with The Times for their headline today announcing the appintment of Julia Goldsworthy as the new LibDem Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury. LIBDEMS SPENDING IS IN HANDS OF 27 YEAR OLD WOMAN it screamed. Delete 'woman' and insert 'man'. You'd never see that, would you? Now in case you think I've gone soft, I'll make it clear now that I don't have much time for Miss Goldsworthy. She won her seat in part by taking advantage of the homophobic attacks on the Tory candidate Ashley Crossley. But leaving that aside, two pledges she made during her election campaign will surely now come back to haunt her. Not only did she promise to introduce a tax on second homes, but she also promised to push for a policy where the rest of the country would subsidise the water bills of Cornwall residents. I suspect she's now going to go rather quiet on those. Just a suspicion. Oh for the days when the Liberals were the Party of low taxation. Under the new regime the policy seems to be 'if it moves, tax it'. and if it doesn't move, tax it anyway.