The last PMQs before the summer break is one of the most important of the year, as it leaves a lasting impression about the leaders before MPs disappear off for the summer to stew. Poor Ed.
Miliband was just ambushed by Cameron on Harriet Harman’s comments to LBC that she thinks middle income earners should pay more tax. She’s having a great week…
Unsurprisingly, the audio is now being pushed out:
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‘Yes I think people on middle incomes should contribute more through their taxes’
According to Ed, pointing this out the death of the ‘squeeze middle’ line is ‘desperate’. Expect to hear this line a lot more. Nightmare last outing before the long, hot summer…
UPDATE: The in-house journal of the Labour Party are not impressed:
Will Labour rule out raising taxes on middle earners? If not, this Tory attack line will dog them through the election. #PMQs
— George Eaton (@georgeeaton) July 16, 2014
Nor is the Tory press:
Got obscured by the re-shuffle yesterday. But the Tories think they've struck gold with this Harriet quote. (They're right. They have).
— (((Dan Hodges))) (@DPJHodges) July 16, 2014
Tories going to run with this HH quote on how middle income people should pay more tax. Mili is going 2 have to rule it out to shut it down
— James Forsyth (@JGForsyth) July 16, 2014
This Harriet Harman quote spotted by the Tories while everyone was covering the reshuffle is turning attention back on Labour's tax plans
— Christopher Hope (@christopherhope) July 16, 2014