Nodding Dodds Agrees with Wealth Tax Proposals

The latest development in Labour’s rollercoaster ride to deciding their policy on a wealth tax takes another turn today, as Guido can reveal footage of Shadow Chancellor Anneliese Dodds nodding along to Shadow Treasury Minister Dan Carden’s warm words about wealth tax proposals. Labour must have told their top team to act more Churchillian – Anneliese clearly got the wrong end of the stick…

For those struggling to keep up:

05/07: Dodds dodged the question of whether Labour supports a wealth tax four times

06/07Starmer openly supports a wealth tax

08/07Dodds’ response to Rishi’s mini-budget says Labour “is not calling for tax rises”

10/07: Shadow Treasury Minister Dan Carden says the idea Labour has backed down from supporting a wealth tax is “false”

12/07: Lucy Powell failed to give any clarification of Labour’s policy

16/07: Dodds refuses to clarify tax plans in car crash interview

We now have footage of Labour’s shadow treasury team waxing lyrical about the policy in ‘private’. We all know Labour’s agreed on the policy, they’re just keeping it quiet to avoid it getting torn to bits this far ahead of the next election…

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Anneliese Dodds Refuses to Clarify Labour’s Wealth Tax Plans, Again

Shadow Chancellor Anneliese Dodds had a shocker this morning on The Today Programme, attempting to swerve questions about Labour’s confusing wealth tax policy plans. After a two week long back and forth over being explicit about possibly tax hikes, the party’s new position appears to be ‘avoid the question’. With excruciating results…

Dodds’ initial swerve was to say there should be no tax hikes in the Autumn – an uncontroversial view as the economic fallout of the pandemic recession begins to bite. When Mishal asked about how the Government’s enormous lockdown spending should be paid for further down the line, the Shadow Chancellor descended into a babbling mess, continually speaking over Mishal’s questions and avoiding answers. No wonder there’s talk of Sir Keir regretting his pick…

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Powell Fails to Clarify Labour’s Wealth Tax Position

In case you were struggling to keep up, the story so far (all in the last week) is:

Sunday: Dodds dodged the question of whether Labour supports a wealth tax four times

MondayStarmer openly supports a wealth tax

WednesdayDodds’ response to Rishi’s mini-budget says Labour “is not calling for tax rises”

Friday: Shadow Treasury Minister Dan Carden says the idea Labour has backed down from supporting a wealth tax is “false”

That “forensic” Starmer leadership rolls on…

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Labour Flip Flops AGAIN on Wealth Tax Plans

Labour’s position on taxing people’s homes and savings plunged further into chaos last night as Shadow Treasury Minister Dan Carden put out a statement decrying the idea that Labour has backtracked from their wealth tax plans as “false”. This denial came just a day after Labour first u-turned on their wealth tax proposals…

“This is false. Labour is clear that the cost of the crisis should be borne by those with the broadest shoulders. We are following very closely the academic research under way by LSE Inequalities, CAGE Warwick and others on how a UK wealth tax would work.”

From mini-budget day until last night Labour had been at pains to imply it did not want to tax people out of the economic crisis, preferring instead to grow the economy to deal with debt, a surprisingly age-old traditional Tory message that came after Labour’s wealth tax proposals were badly received. Now it seems like not everyone in the Treasury team got the memo, with serious shadow treasury work going into the plans…

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Labour’s Three Day Wealth Tax U-Turn

After first dodging the question four times on Sunday, then backing the policy on Monday, Labour has now u-turned on the idea of a wealth tax altogether. Yet more classic “forensic” leadership from Starmer…

An email sent out by Labour’s press office this morning – trailing the Shadow Chancellor’s response to Rishi’s mini-budget this afternoon – proclaims Anneliese Dodds will tell the government:

“if it does increase taxes during the recovery, and cuts back on the public services we all rely on, this will damage demand and inhibit our recovery.

“Labour is not calling for tax rises – we are calling for growth.

A very different message from Sir Keir’s interview two days ago with LBC, in which he told listeners, “we are saying to the government look at the idea of a wealth tax”. A month ago, Boris accused Labour of an “agree, criticise, u-turn approach; we’ve now moved onto “dither, decide, double back”…

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Komrade Keir Backs Wealth Tax

Speaking to Nick Ferrari on LBC this morning, Keir Starmer doubled down on Shadow Chancellor Anneliese Dodds’ idea of a ‘wealth tax’ – raiding people’s savings and assets to pay for the Coronavirus spending splurge. Scratch the surface and Sir Keir’s Labour hasn’t moved that far on from Corbynism at all…

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