A new ComRes poll for the TaxPayers’ Alliance (TPA) reveals striking new evidence that, as the economic crisis deepens, the public want tax and interest rate cuts to help lighten the load. The poll shows that big majorities see the massive public spending increases of recent years as part of the problem and don’t regard Gordon Brown and Alistair Darling’s plans for even more spending as a viable solution to Britain’s current economic difficulties.
The full poll results can be found here.
Matthew Elliott, Chief Executive of the TaxPayers’ Alliance, said:
“The public expects politicians to take responsibility for the crisis and for the fact they left us vulnerable to this economic storm by overspending during the good times. Now, people want politicians to learn the lessons from this mess and centre their response to the crisis on cutting taxes and interest rates, rather than throwing good money after bad through even more wasteful spending.”
"The Prime Minister should show solidarity with ordinary families by taking a 10% pay cut, and David Cameron and Nick Clegg should do the same. Taking a pay cut would show he understands how this crisis is hitting the man on the street."
Ruth Lea, Economic Adviser at the Arbuthnot Banking Group, said:
"These poll results confirm what many of us have been saying for many years: the Government spent, and wasted, far too much in the years of benign economic growth. The current levels of government borrowing are far from being the “responsible” thing to do in a recession as Gordon Brown claimed earlier this week – they are the consequence of several years of grotesque fiscal mismanagement."