Posted by: secretperson | July 7, 2008

Yvette Cooper on Daily Politics

Yvette Cooper (Mrs Ed Balls) was on the Daily Politics being asked about the Tory plan for a Fair Fuel Duty stabiliser. Philip Hammond put the case for the Tories, explaining how duty would fall as fuel prices rise to keep the cost stable.

Mrs Balls was frustratingly typically like a politician. Having claimed the Tories weren’t being straight with people, she then couldn’t answer a question without calling the policy ‘not straight’. Why is it once politicians get an idea into their head they can’t say anything else?

Hammond claimed raised income from North Sea Oil would offset the loss of fuel duty. Cooper said there were other losses of income as prices rise and people ‘feel the pinch’. She didn’t seem to notice that the whole point of the scheme was that prices wouldn’t rise. I would have thought that a stable price was good for people and businesses that could then plan ahead more securely.

Although I agree with some people within the Tory party, I am not a supporter (small c conservative I guess). This blog isn’t meant to be party political, but Labour ministers make it so hard for me to be neutral by being so useless.


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