Osborne's income tax moan reveals true Tory agenda

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George OsborneIt is usually a given that governments work in the best interests of the people that voted them in, that they try and make reasonable and fair adjustments to legislation and taxation for the benefit of us all.




However, Chancellor George Osborne showed himself, and the Tory party, to be well and truly aligned to businesses and the wealthy rather than the majority following a little outburst.

At a meeting of business leaders, Osborne scolded the attendees for not publicly backing his decision to cut the 50p higher rate of tax for those earning £150,000 or over, to 45p which he did in the Budget.

He says that without big businesses speaking up in support of tax cuts for the wealthy he won't be able to cut the 45p tax further to 40p, meaning that he would scrap the extra rate of income tax for Britain's wealthiest.

Osborne was quoted as saying: "At the moment we are having a pretty big argument about the size of the state and who should be taxed and what the right levels of taxation are.

"If we don't get much voice from the business community then that is more difficult."

Osborne is dangling a tax-cut carrot at the wealthy business leaders in exchange for their support. It is not a new phenomenon that government wishes to court the wealthy but Osborne has gone a step too far.

He is essentially telling businesses that he wants to cut the rate but needs them to argue his case for him.

Worryingly Osborne is taking his cue from Margaret Thatcher who managed to secure tax cuts for the wealthy because she was backed by big businesses.

If his pledges to cut taxes for the wealthy doesn't show the measure of the man enough then it is worth looking at his comments on those who are not fortunate to earn salaries of £150,000.

He said if businesses don't back him on tax cuts we would see the 'politics of envy coming in and the politics that says it's perfectly acceptable for the state to take of all national income'.

It's easy to blame the politics of envy when the little guy wonders why the big guys aren't paying their fair share, but in actual fact it's the politics of fairness that is what we are all after.

And with his latest outburst Osborne has made it clear he isn't going to play fair.

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