Gordon Brown And The Great Inheritance Tax Lie
If Gordon Brown is not making reference to some potential event “endangering the recovery” then it is a fairly safe bet that he will be harping on about Conservative Inheritance Tax policy only benefiting the richest 3000 families in the country.
When you think it through it is a totally ridiculous thing to say, but then a lot of what Labour is about is the sound byte, a statement in isolation quickly followed by another sound byte. No time to think, move on quickly.
Any political party that wants to get elected needs a broad swathe of public support, a policy on Inheritance Tax that appeals to only 3000 families is hardly going to be a vote winner or General Election decider due to narrow appeal.
If the appeal is so narrow then why does Gordon Brown endlessly recite the “3000 richest families mantra”?
Quite simply because Inheritance Tax was the cause of Brown bottling an election in 2007 because George Osborne effortlessly out flanked Brown, with his announced Inheritance Tax policy and the polls narrowed. Brown rightly judging that Gordon Brown and elections are an oxymoron ran for the bunker, and the rest as the cliché goes is history or if you wish to be un PC Jacqui Smith sang.
Brown, Mandelson and the rest all know that far more than 3000 families live in houses worth more the £1 million, and you don’t have to be born with a silver spoon in your mouth to own a house worth this much.
There are any number of reasons from a lifetime of home improvements, Browns much boasted about house prices boom, to a house being bought 20 or 30 years ago in an area that was unfashionable and is now trendy, in other words luck.
The Labour attack on Conservative Inheritance Policy is just another knee jerk politics of envy sound byte, as long as you don’t think it through Comrade it’s a great rallying call.
If you do think it through then you can just indulge in envy and spite.