Huhne - Not as green as cabbage looking
Motorists and holidaymakers face 'green tax' rise of £800
Motorists and holidaymakers face paying hundreds of pounds a year more in green taxes to help low earners, Chris Huhne has signalled.
The Energy Secretary, who addresses the Liberal Democrat conference tomorrow, told delegates today that he had not yet determined where extra green taxes would fall, and asked them for ideas.
But insiders confirmed that, realistically, such a large increase would come largely from carbon duty – meaning more pain for motorists and holidaymakers.
Mr Huhne will argue that drivers will accept a rise if persuaded that the money will be used for tax breaks elsewhere, including a possible cut in employers' national insurance payments.
And we are accused of being cynical when we say Green Taxes are just another tax. Carbon taxes to mitigate the problems caused by carbon has a certain logic and objection to them requires a comprehensive demolition of the whole carbon scenario. Carbon taxes to cut NI contributions besmirches what little credibility green taxation has.