Bob Edlin has an interesting article in today’s Independent Financial Review (off-line) where he examines each party’s tax positions in the lead up to the 2008 election. All the other parties mentioned in the article take the opportunity to chant ‘tax cuts, tax cuts’ while the Jeanette reiterates the Greens’ position that the debate needs to be about shifting tax, not cutting tax.
“Most parties look at tax from a conventional perspective: they would continue to collect most of their revenues by taxing personal incomes and company profits.
Only the Green Party is looking at more radical measures. It would shift taxes on to an ecological basis, moving some taxes off ‘goods’ such as work and enterprise (personal income and profits) and on to ‘bads’ – waste, pollution and overuse of scarce resources for example.”