TaxPayers' Alliance responds to Labour manifesto launch

TaxPayers' Alliance say trapping typical taxpayers in a life of state dependency and placing huge tax bills on the unborn is “morally repugnant”

For immediate release

Responding to the launch of the Labour manifesto, John O'Connell, chief executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance said:

This manifesto shows that many politicians either do not have a clue, or wilfully ignore, how their sixth-form socialism will cause untold damage in the real world. Hiking taxes and seizing property will mean abject misery for millions of British families and businesses - if some of these plans are implemented, we can kiss goodbye to the investment we need for post-Brexit prosperity.

“It’s also crucial to remember that as well as the overtly sinister threats to seize property, promising the earth to everyone is morally repugnant, as it simply means we are passing the buck to future generations and ensuring our children and grandchildren will face huge tax bills indefinitely.

“This cocktail of dangerous nonsense won’t benefit the poorest in society - it will keep them dependent on a small political elite, with no freedom to prosper and improve the lives of their own families and communities.”

On the plans for mass nationalisations of private industries, John said:

Nationalising a raft of industries would come at a staggering cost to taxpayers, both upfront and in the future with large-scale borrowing having to be paid off. Where there is poor performance in existing services, we should be looking at more competition, not less, as that is what will bring down costs and improve outcomes without forcing taxpayers to step in.”

On the war on business, John said:

Our polling shows that typical taxpayers are much more pro-business than well-heeled Westminster elites who purport to speak for the less well off by spouting sixth-form socialism. Enterprise and innovation create jobs and prosperity. Everyday families should see through the cruel punishment taxes on offer.”

On business rates, John said:

A review of business rates is long overdue, and replacing them with a land value tax has to be on the menu of options - it’s good to see that the Labour manifesto recognises this urgency and has identified a viable alternative.”

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  1. Founded in 2004 by Matthew Elliott and Andrew Allum, and now with 80,000 supporters, the TaxPayers’ Alliance (TPA) fights to reform taxes, reduce spending and protect taxpayers. Find out more about the TaxPayers' Alliance at
  2. TaxPayers' Alliance's advisory council.
  3. In landmark polling released in November 2019, the TaxPayers’ Alliance found that there was widespread public support for tax cuts, and C2DE voters more than twice as likely as ABC1 voters to back cutting corporation tax to 12.5 per cent, the same level as Ireland’s. The polling was conducted for the TaxPayers' Alliance by Public First Ltd. Total sample size was 4,004 with fieldwork between 26 - 30 July 2019. 
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