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Stan and Ollie in Downing Street

Darling meets road tax hike rebels - Scotsman.com News

Reports suggest a Labour revolt has been averted by Mr Darling promising to "fix" the issue.

The Treasury insisted he has "not made any concessions or promises to make any in the future" and said there are "no plans whatever" to abandon the changes.

So it will be a full scale retreat then -

Gordon Brown's 10p tax fiasco to cost another £1 billion - Times Online

Gordon Brown is facing a £1 billion annual bill for the 1.1 million people who have yet to be compensated for the 10p tax fiasco.

The scale of liabilities piling up for the Government emerges today with a devastating critique of Mr Brown’s personal handling of the issue that has hobbled his Government.

As Chancellor, Mr Brown acted for the “perceived benefit of seeming to pull rabbits from the hat” when he cut 2p off the basic rate of income tax and paid for it by abolishing the 10p rate.

The criticism, from the Labour-dominated Treasury Select Committee,

Darling as the Laurel to Brown's Hardy must mutter "That's another fine mess you've got me into" every time he reads his briefing notes.


"No plans whatever" summarises where government policy has got to.

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