Ed Miliband has pledged to scrap the “Bedroom Tax” should Labour be elected to Government in 2015.
A bizarre move given that only a few years ago Ed Miliband voted for the introduction of the “Bedroom Tax” as part of the Welfare Reform Act 2007. Even the most cursory glance of Hansard debate records show that the “Bedroom Tax” has been part of Labour’s plans as far back as 2001. The “Bedroom Tax” is every inch a Labour policy.
Given Ed’s backing of the policy only a few years ago, is this something Ed really believes in, or is it just a bandwagon gambit?
This isn’t Ed’s first flirtatious flip-flop with past Labour policy. Miliband’s first policy announcement as leader of the Labour party was the reintroduction of the 10p tax rate for the lowest earners, a policy that he was personally responsible for scrapping in 2007 as part of his role in the Treasury.
This leaves me wondering, what, if anything, does Ed Miliband stand for?
Unsurprisingly, YouGov yesterday showed Labour hold a tenuous 4 point lead over the Tories. Miliband’s consistantly poor polling throughout the Mid-Term period (where the opposition should be comfortably 10 points a head) will have many senior figures in the party worried. As conference season gets into full swing, I’m sure there will be more than a few hushed meetings in hotel rooms accross Brighton to talk about the “Miliband Problem”.
No amount of bluster can change the facts, the “Bedroom Tax” is a Labour initiative, and it has been since 2001.
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