Tories end tax squabble, but Brown has left them standing…

On the right side of British politics there has been a long term tussle over taxation in play for some time. Some seem to think it has been resolved now, but the solution they appear to have chosen (fiscal tightening of public expenditure) looks as though they could be missing some more pressing issues in the global market place. Over on Brassneck I argue that there is a cultural problem attached to the fiscal issues the Tories want to address in government… In the meantime, decrying the appalling fiscal irrectitude of Brown only gets you so far. But you don’t have to dig very deeply to find the roots of that ‘boom’ in public sector spending in the long public ‘bust of the eighties and early nineties.

Whatever the day to day victories in the Commons, the Tories are now the ones faced with having to play catch up…

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