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Screen shot 2010-03-22 at 11.02.54 The TaxPayers' Alliance has published its manifesto this morning. Many of its pledges will cause the Tory party no headache but some are in direct conflict with the ambitions of a Conservative government.

SOME TPA PLEDGES CONSISTENT WITH TORY POLICY

  • Cut middle class welfare;
  • Cut corporation tax to 15% or lower (I expect George Osborne to make big steps towards this if he becomes Chancellor);
  • Abolish inheritance tax (more sensibly the party is pledged to do this but only for non-millionaires);
  • Introduce elected police chiefs (this is already Chris Grayling's flagship policy);
  • Publish full data on spending (the Tories have promised disclosure of all Whitehall contracts over £25,000 – Stephan Shakespeare of the Network for the Post-Bureaucratic Age has already warned that this will lead to lots of budgeting things at £24,995!);
  • Recall and citizens' initiatives;
  • Payment-by-results rehabilition regime in prisons;
  • School choice.

SOME TPA PLEDGES THAT WILL PUSH THE TORIES TO GO FASTER THAN THEY MIGHT NATURALLY TRAVEL

  • Abolish the 50p tax rate;
  • Abolish a range of quangos;
  • Reform the NHS to make it less centralised.

SOME TPA PLEDGES THAT WILL CAUSE ANY TORY GOVERNMENT A HEADACHE

  • The TPA want abolition of taxpayer subsidy of the trade unions. We learnt today that David Cameron intends to continue with the union modernisation fund.
  • Abandon the 2020 renewables target and the EU's Emissions Trading Scheme.
  • Drop the 0.7% target for foreign aid spending.
  • Hold a referendum on fundamental renegotiation of the UK-EU relationship. No chance of this happening (sadly).

Read a PDF of the full manifesto.

Tim Montgomerie

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