BBC/The Andrew Marr Show
LONDON — Prime Minister Theresa May will not make “specific
proposals” ruling out tax rises in the run-up to the general
election on June 8.
May said in an interview on the BBC’s The Andrew Marr Show said
she would not promise to not increase taxes — something the
Tories pledged in the 2010 general election — unless she was
“absolutely sure” they could be delivered.
“We have absolutely no plans to increase the level of tax. But
I’m also very clear that I do not want to make specific proposals
on taxes unless I am absolutely sure that I can deliver on
those,” she said.
However, immediately following her appearance on the BBC show,
she went on Peston on Sunday on ITV and ruled out a VAT
rise, saying “we won’t be increasing VAT.”
During David Cameron’s premiership in Britain, before May took
over as prime minister in July last year, the Conservatives
promised to never raise certain taxes.
At the same time, the previous Conservative-led government
promised to not to cut health, education, or foreign aid
spending and also “triple lock” for pensions. That means they
rise in line with wages, inflation, or by 2.5%—
whichever is at the highest number.
Some said that this made the system practically designed to
become unaffordable and with the promises of not raising taxes in
certain areas, it painted former Chancellor George Osborne in a
corner. This was because Cameron and Osborne aggressively pursued
cost cutting in order to eliminate the government’s budget
deficit and return the UK to a surplus.
Osborne had planned to balance the government’s budget by
2020, spending only as much as it collected in taxes. However,
the plan shortly after the Brexit vote.
Currently, Theresa May’s ruling Conservative party are tipped for
a landslide victory in the June 8 general election. All polls
show she has a huge lead over the main opposition Labour and
polling points towards a 100 seat majority.
Meanwhile, Corbyn’s Labour party is substantially behind the
Tories in the polls. But the bright side is that the
latest set of data on Saturday shows that he has stopped bleeding
support and is actually increasing voting intention.