Cynical Tories will take from poor to buy votes of better off

The Tories are taking the pocket money and future assets of our poorer children to buy the votes of the better off, evidenced by their marriage tax plans.

Our guest writer is Seema Malhotra

This weekend’s Sunday Times revealed more details about the Conservative’s £1 billion tax break for married couples. Combined with their £6 billion pledge on National Insurance last week, as Left Foot Forward has argued, this reveals a party which is choosing to sacrifice fiscal responsibility for a pre-election giveaway for the better off.

In addition to that, it is a policy which is actually funded by cuts to child trust funds – showing how the Tories are taking the pocket money and future assets of our poorer children to buy the votes of the better off.

This isn’t really about supporting marriage at all; it’s a cynical move to get into power. If it was about supporting marriage, the Tories would be asking why marriages fell by almost 25% between 1981 and 1997, but then the trend reversed and marriages began to rise almost immediately after Labour came into power, particularly between 2001 and 2004.

Marriage rates were first calculated in 1862. Summary tables of marriage rates are available at the following link: www.statistics.gov.uk/statbase/Product.asp?vlnk=14275

13 Responses to “Cynical Tories will take from poor to buy votes of better off”

  1. Will Straw

    http://bit.ly/bzsMDg RT @BBCLauraK: P Hammond suggests Conservatives still haven't finalised the policy on tax breaks for married people

  2. John

    “the Tories would be asking why marriages fell by almost 25% between 1981 and 1997, but then the trend reversed and marriages began to rise almost immediately after Labour came into power”

    Presumably while the long-term trend is a change in the cultural view of marriage, at the margins a little bit of the ‘noise’ in that graph will be due to the 1988 introduction, and 1997 abolition, of the Primary Purpose Rule?

  3. Martin Johnston

    RT @leftfootfwd: Cynical Tories will take from poor to buy votes of better off: http://bit.ly/cmPdHE #reasonsnottovotetory

  4. Mr. Sensible

    It is totally irresponsible for any government to promote 1 type of family arangement over another. Different arangements work best with different people.

    A better idea is to work with families of all types, shapes and sizes.

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  8. Mags W

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  12. Seema Malhotra

    If Tories are pro marriage, why did marriage rates drop 25% from 1981-97 but rise under Labour? C my blog @leftfootfwd: http://bit.ly/cmPdHE

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