In 2015 the UK will go to the polls. There will be a "general election". This is an election for the next government and Prime Minister of the UK. Most voters will be hoping for a majority government. The current Liberal Democrat, Conservative alliance widely dubbed the Condems has not really worked.
It may be true that the presence of the Lib Dems has stayed the hand of the Tories but when it has all boiled down to it they have supported the Tories and their austerity measures.
With the election almost a breath away, in political terms, all parties are trying to woe the electorate. We have not had wild plans such as those experienced during the USA 2012 election but we still might. Remember GOP contender Newt Gingrich literally promising the heavens and beyond with unrealistic ideas for the US Space Program?
We may not have reached these depths, or is that highs, yet but we are heading that way.
The Tories have so far promised a referendum on UK membership of the EU. This is an unrealisitc promise. A referendum would be timed following an election win for the Tories, so we know where that one is going, don't we? No win no referendum. Once in office it would be another broken promise. The Tories are experts at these. British Conservatives have a raft of promises that will form their manifesto but all are for the next term should they secure an outright majorty. As such they are worthless. They have almost two years left in office and plenty of time to make a start if they have the will. They won't of course as they are just electioneering.
Labour this week announced their plans to re-introduce a 10p tax rate. This was dismissed by the opposition who claimed that the money it would give with one hand would soon be taken away by the other hand. If Labour want to trounce the Tories and Lib Dems at the Polls they need to become focused and streamlined. No more procrastination. Actions speak louder than words. If they do not have confidence in their leader, Ed Miliband, ditch him now. Harsh? Yes, but why chance a defeat. Look to your laurels Labour.
The Liberal Democrats have been the biggest losers during the current government. They were riding high in the 2010 election and pundits predicted that leader Nick Clegg woul be the "King Maker", and so he was. Now though confidence in Clegg and the Lib Dems has plummetted. In throwing his hand in with the "mean and nasty party", the Tories, the Liberal Democrats are almost unelectable.
Perhaps this is the reason for Nick Clegg's latest "wheeze".
What is it you wonder. Will he help restore the damage done by the condems. No he will introduce a jewellery tax. Get back on that chair, who said you could fall of it laughing? The Wealth Tax will be debated at the Lib Dem Spring party conference. Sky News reports that,
Families could be forced to pay a tax on heirlooms including jewellery and paintings under the Liberal Democrat scheme. Families' most treasured possessions could be taxed under the proposals
A few thoughts
Will this include the Queen and other British Royals?
Will all the public wealth such as that held in Parliament be taxed?
What is there to stop the wealthy shipping valuable items elswhere?
Would this tax be workable?
Is it what British people want?
How will the government know that you have a valuable painting stashed in your attic?
British people, especially those suffering under austerity measures, would probably prefer to see some real committment to decreasing the rich poor divide in the UK. This does not mean simply creating another wealth tax. It means using the money a government has more wisely.
It means that, as it was not the poor of the Uk who caused the economic downturn of 2008, others with responsibility should pay. Politicians, bureacrats, bankers, "fiddlers" and the like.
A wealth tax may initially hit those with inherited wealth but in the long run it will not work. It may sound a good idea in theory. It will depress a different aspect of the economy. It will affect antique dealers, auction houses, galleries, artists and more. It will deter some from buying in the first place. It already sounds like just another election gambit, and an ill thought out one at that.
It is nonsense.
Note: Other parties standing for election and possibly in with a chance include UKIP. On Thursday's Question Time on the BBC George Galloway, Respect Party, once again likened Labour, The Tories and the Lib Dems to "three cheeks of one backside". Right now we are inclined to agree.