Clegg risks rift with Tories on tax and human rights

| 19/05/2010

(Times Online): Nick Clegg is promising to make the tax systemfairer rather than lower the tax burden as he seeks to imbue the coalition with Liberal Democrat values. The Deputy Prime Minister said he expected government to ease taxes on middle and lower-income families and to press ahead with a rise in capital gains tax. His comments are likely to expose fault-lines with his Tory partners, for whom lowering taxes is an article of faith. Clegg also risked a rift with the Conservatives over the future of the Human Rights Act, which David Cameron pledged to scrap if elected. “Any government would tamper with it at its peril,” Clegg said.


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