A slightly different Daley Dozen today. here's a roundup of bloggers who have exposed the VAT cut for what it is - a cynical attempt to persuade people the government is taking action, when in fact the cut will do very little to stimulate economic activity.
1. Dizzy - Cutting VAT may sound good, but what about the real world.
2. John Redwood - It's not fair on the poor.
3. Waendel Journal - What about small business?
4. West Brom Blogger - Is Brown allowed to cut VAT without EU permission?
5. EU Referendum - Explanation of the EU position.
6. Norfolk Blogger - Fantasy to think Playstations will become cheaper.
7. Burning Our Money - Wat Tyler's out to buy a few 60" plasmas.
8. The Village Postmaster - He won't be cutting all his prices.
9. Tory Diary - David Cameron says a VAT cut will add £12 billion to the national debt.
10. Robert Peston - If VAT is cut to 15% it will then have to rise to 22.5% in two years.
11. Donal Blaney - "It will do nothing for me as the owner of a small business".
12. Andrew Allison - There's a better way to give a tax break.
In case you think it is rather partisan of me to just list a dozen blogs which tell you why the VAT cut won't work, let me now give you a dozen from the left giving the opposite point of view...
... taps feet
er, sorry I can't. I admit I have failed. I have visited all my usual left wing blog haunts, and not a single one of them has even mentioned the VAT issue today. Tom Harris has been blogging as if it was going out of fashion, but seems to think Doctor Who is more important than the economy going down the swanee. LabourHome has a post on it (if you look hard enough), but rather helpfully it is sceptical of the VAT cut. Liberal Conspiracy has a story about a train ride,
while none of the other blogs I have looked at has written anything new today.
If left of centre bloggers are to be taken as seriously as they take themselves, they really ought to be commenting on a political move of this magnitude. Or am I being unfair?