Did you realise Alistair Darling put a penny on income tax in last month's budget? No, nor did I, but thanks to Tory MP Justine Greening we now know that the car tax rises announced in March have added £2.5 billion to Treasury coffers. Revenue neutral, they said. It will improve our carbon footprint, they said. Yup, by achieving a 1 per cent emissions reduction. And who's hit most by this tax rise? You're ahead of me ... It's the not so well off, of course.
So, if you are a junior civil servant earning £20,000, living in a Band D house with a family and driving a ten year old Renault Espace, you'll be paying another £120 council tax, an extra £200 income tax and another £600 for food. Another Triple Whammy Labour income bombshell?
People aren't stupid. They have grown wise to these stealth taxes. So when they are offered a pay rise of 2.4 per cent they feel insulted. They know the real rate of inflation - ie their own cost of living index is far higher. This is why public sector workers are on strike today. They have seen through Brown's deception and lies. I will not be at all surprised if we are about to see the beginnings of an upsurge in trade union militancy. There's one man to blame for that.