First, we can discuss war widows and abandoned women as much as we like – yet what about the other people.
1. The Lib Dem low earners that Mark Pack so skilfully discussed that prop up our local votes might not be winners with this tax. Particularly in big cities if they are married they’ll both be working (usually at the lower end of the scale) to make ends meet.
a) they might be single anyway
b) there are thousands of divorced men who feel they have a raw deal with the marriage laws including access to the kids and maintenance. I doubt if they’ll be too happy thinking that they are subsidising people who they perceive are luckier than them. They may have become shy of marriage themselves and feel that this is just one more kick in the teeth.
c) LGBT people who don’t want or feel unlucky enough not to have met that special partner will also feel aggrieved
The real point is that essentially single people (and non-married couples) would be subsidising childless people who don’t need or want to go out to work – they will end up paying £150 more with the NIC increase while clawing back £550 with our higher threshold tax proposals. What’s more the working partner of a married couple would also get the £550.
Let’s say this loud and clear – YOU WILL PAY LESS TAX UNDER THE LIB DEMS – WITH A SOUND VINCE CABLE GOLD-PLATED GUARANTEE!