He said talking about reducing the tax burden when the public services needed extra investment was misguided.
Bercow said there was ‘no political merit’ in Tories talking generally about being a lower tax government and he questioned their flagship promise to scrap tuition fees.
Bercow, who resigned from the frontbench in November last year, said there had been a much-justified perception that the Tories were rural, provincial and ‘somewhat prissy’.
Party leader, Ian Duncan Smith says it is his ‘absolute plan’ for a Tory government to cut taxes after the next election.
Bercow said Tories obviously preferred lower taxes. But he said: ‘I see no political merit whatsoever in generalised declarations of intentions to cut taxes which are not buttressed and vindicated by a clear of idea of how they are going to be financed.’
Taxation was also low on the public’s priorities, he said.
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