Fox’s “Right Approach For Britain’s Economy”
Tells Osborne to Cut Tax and Spending

Guido headed down to the IEA this morning to hear Liam Fox’s much-trailed speech on “The right approach for Britain’s economy”. Naturally on his best behaviour, Fox called for tax and spending cuts, criticising the government for not doing enough to help wealth creators: “although the progress of the coalition is encouraging, we have spent and continue to spend too much. We need to encompass the concepts of aspiration and opportunity”. 

In that vein, Fox took two minutes to quote Thatcher’s classic “socialists always run out of other people’s money”. There was plenty of policy in the speech: freezing public spending for five years in order to save £345 billion, the “systematic dismantling of universal benefits”, a stamp duty discount for under 30s, and most interestingly a temporary five year abolition of Capital Gains Tax. His suggestion of “making socialism illegal” was, he admitted, unconstitutional. 

There were some choice words for the Chancellor; his reversal on the Tories’ inheritance tax pledge is by implication “deeply immoral”. The harshest criticism was for the Prime Mentalist: “History will judge Gordon Brown harshly. He spent with abandon, rolling out the socialist ideal, pushing the drug of welfare addiction. His tax and benefit system was an impenetrable labyrinth. The great socialist coup of the last decade was to make wealth an embarrassment. There is only taxpayer’s money and the government should keep its greedy hands off it”.

Fox flirted with UKIP’s Stuart Wheeler afterwards: Wheeler praising the speech as “terrific” and Fox gushing that he was enjoying the “consensus” between them. He took a conciliatory line with Cable, suggesting that they agreed on looking again at ringfencing departmental spending. Cable has since replied saying Fox’s speech was part of the Tory right’s “jihad” on public spending. Faced with questions about his leadership ambitions, Fox sighed that “the sheer inevitability if it makes it depressing”. He didn’t give an answer, though…



Tip offs: 0709 284 0531
team@Order-order.com

GuidoFawkes Quote of the Day

Mary Creagh’s coded attack on Ed Miliband…

‘I want the country to be united behind a single vision, we aren’t going to do it by sort of having a Rubik’s Cube approach to politics’. 

Top Posts This Week

Guidogram: Sign up

Subscribe to the most succinct 7 days a week daily email read by thousands of Westminster insiders.

Facebook

BBC Conditioning Public to Back UN Climate Agreement BBC Conditioning Public to Back UN Climate Agreement
The Queen: Psychoactive Drugs The Queen: Psychoactive Drugs
Fifa Was Doooooomed! Fifa Was Doooooomed!
Mary Creagh’s Leadership Bid Crashes and Burns Mary Creagh’s Leadership Bid Crashes and Burns
Top LibDem: All MPs Lie Top LibDem: All MPs Lie
Awkward Ed Bercow Moment Awkward Ed Bercow Moment

Algenol: Fuel of the Future Algenol: Fuel of the Future
ENCRYPTION COMPANY HEADS TO SWITZERLAND TO FLEE NSA ENCRYPTION COMPANY HEADS TO SWITZERLAND TO FLEE NSA
The Emperor’s New Solar Panels The Emperor’s New Solar Panels
Guardian Departure Fuels New York Times London Speculation Guardian Departure Fuels New York Times London Speculation
Andy Burnham: Rent-Swapper Andy Burnham: Rent-Swapper
Burnham’s Paul Smith Suits Burnham’s Paul Smith Suits
FLASHBACK: You Are Subsidising Andy Burnham’s Property Portfolio FLASHBACK: You Are Subsidising Andy Burnham’s Property Portfolio
Arise, Sir Eric! Arise, Sir Eric!
ENERGY MINISTER TOTTY WATCH CONTINUED ENERGY MINISTER TOTTY WATCH CONTINUED
Stella Grills Dimbleby on Sexuality Stella Grills Dimbleby on Sexuality
New Select Committee Chair Allocation in Full New Select Committee Chair Allocation in Full
Miliband: Don’t Move to the Centre Miliband: Don’t Move to the Centre
Insta-Bunga! Insta-Bunga!