Liam Byrne: No new tax rises under Labour
Labour has pledged to impose no new tax rises despite being warned that increases are the only way to cut record public debt.
Now ask your self this.
How is Labour going to cut the debt the country is in by not raising taxes and by not cutting any front line staff?
Last night, the Institute of Fiscal Studies warned that Labour would not be able to keep its promise of protecting front line services and jobs under its current deficit reduction plan.
In his pre-Budget report in December, Alistair Darling, the Chancellor, said that the Government would halve the £178 billion deficit in four years.
Mr Byrne is seen as a close ally of Gordon Brown and his comments are likely to reflect the wishes of No 10.
Mr Darling is likely to want to keep options open for his vital pre-election Budget.
In my opinion, Alistair Darling wants to do what is right for the country, but is being undermined by Gordon Brown and his allies.
Alistair Darling knows that hard choices need to be made and that front line services would probably have to be cut, but he is being forced into a corner by these quotes from Gordon Brown and his allies.
I know that life is going to be financially hard in the next few years, and i think a lot of other people think so to, but if i am honest i don't think Gordon Brown thinks so, or at least doesn't show it.
When you are in debt you make sure there is enough money for the essentials and you stop, or reduce the luxuries you have and you cut back on your spending.
I don't think Gordon Brown gets that.