Corbyn tax fury: How Labour will hammer ‘rural areas to pay city dwellers’ in policy farce

Posted on Aug 2 2019 - 6:06pm by admin

Jeremy Corbyn has been trying to put pressure on the Conservative Party since the EU referendum vote in June 2016 and the Brexit crisis sweeping through the Government as part of a sustained bid to become Prime Minister and hand the keys of 10 Downing Street to the Labour Party. He launched numerous attacks against Theresa May over her handling of Brexit and the deal she struck with the EU, which was rejected three times by Parliament before her resignation announcement in June.

During his first head-to-head clash with new Prime Minister Boris Johnson in the House of Commons last Thursday, Mr Corbyn again called for a general election to give the British people the choice of who should lead the country.

But the Labour leader has suffered several major blows this week, with new polls revealing the ‘Boris bounce’ over the past four weeks has severely dented his and the party’s popularity among voters.

A poll of 1,007 UK adults from July 26-30 by Ipsos MORI revealed 62 percent want Mr Corbyn to be replaced before the UK next goes to the polls.

Twice as many people think Mr Johnson would make the most capable Prime Minister – 52 percent compared to 27 percent for the Labour leader.

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Jeremy Corbyn news: The Labour leader has been attacked for another one of the party’s policies (Image: GETTY)

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Jeremy Corbyn news: The Labour leader called for a general election in the House of Commons (Image: PA)

Mr Corbyn is also unlikely to win over supporters from other parties, with 87 percent of Liberal Democrat voters believing he should be axed, as do 76 percent of Tory backers.

Another poll of 2,066 UK adults from July 29-30 by YouGov asked them: “If there was a general election tomorrow, which party would you vote for?”

Nearly a third (32 percent) said the Conservative Party, with Labour (22 percent) languishing behind.

Labour will likely outline their key policies during their upcoming party conference in Brighton from September 21-25, but another has been torn apart by political critics, who again claim it could force massive taxes onto Brits.

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Jeremy Corbyn news: Boris Johnson clashed with the Labour leader in the House of Commons (Image: PA)

In January, Labour claimed bus fares are set to soar over the next few years, while at the same time private companies operating some bus routes are raking in billions of pounds.

Official Government statistics have revealed average fares are to rise by 53 percent in 2022 compared to 2010 figures; while bus passenger numbers will be 10 percent lower, and elderly and disabled passenger numbers are set to fall by nearly 20 percent.

Labour said it was committed to protecting free bus passes for pensioners, improving disabled access to services, and introducing a new free bus pass for under 25s.

Mr Corbyn said: “For too long the bus industry has put profit for a few before millions of passengers. A future Labour Government will change that.”

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Jeremy Corbyn news: The ‘Boris bounce’ has seen the Tory’s popularity soar (Image: EXPRESS)

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Jeremy Corbyn news: The Labour leader is hoping to take the party into power (Image: GETTY)

But James Heywood, senior researcher at the Centre for Policy Studies think tank, told “Labour have said their free bus travel pledge would be funded from Vehicle Excise Duty.

“Considering that the vast majority of bus journeys in England are within urban areas, including more than half of them in London alone, Labour are proposing to tax people in towns and rural areas to fund free travel for city dwellers.

“Worse still, Labour have said they will only provide funding for this free bus travel to areas which bring bus services into public ownership, effectively bribing councils to implement ideology rather than deliver good services.”

Matthew Lesh, head of research at think tank the Adam Smith Institute, warned introducing any free bus passes will lead to a shortfall in funding and ultimately worse travel services.

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Jeremy Corbyn news: Labour have fallen 10-points behind the Tories in a recent poll (Image: YOUGOV)

He told “Making buses ‘free’ – that is, funded by taxpayers at large – will just mean lower quality, overcrowding, less frequent services and fewer routes because of inevitable budget limitations.

“There is no good reason that people who use and benefit from a bus service should not directly pay for the service.

“A service is of much higher quality when there is a direct relationship between those who pay and those who benefit.”

Mr Lesh also launched a furious attack against Labour’s “unaffordable” high-spending policies, warning it will pile huge taxed on millions of Brits and lumber mountains of debt on future generations.

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Jeremy Corbyn news: Labour will likely outline their policies at their upcoming party conference (Image: GETTY)

He added: “Labour’s high-spending policies are totally unaffordable. The only way to fund them will be with higher taxes on hardworking Brits or piling more debt on future generations.

“As Margret Thatcher said, ‘the problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people’s money’.

“When entrepreneurs leave the country because of high taxes to pay for Labour promises it inevitably mean fewer jobs and could lead to a collapse in revenue to fund services.

“There is nothing morally righteous about slapping Brits with higher taxes and the next generation with more debt.”

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