Pre-Budget statement: Portillo slams Brown for ‘meddling’

Responding to the chancellor, Portillo said it was a Tory idea to cut duty on fuel, which the chancellor said would be frozen.

However, much of the shadow chancellor’s attack focused on past policies. He accused Brown of raiding the nation’s pension funds with stealth taxes.

‘The pensioners of this country are never going to forget what he did to them,’ he said.

Portillo accused Brown of ‘micro economic meddling’ and ‘fiddling while Britain slips behind’.

He said Brown had created a tax system that was so complex, it could not be understood by voters and added: ‘The simple fact is that taxes have been rising while real disposable incomes have not been growing.’

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