Peter Hoskin

Is this how Brown hopes to defuse the Tories’ national insurance cut?

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Well, the manifesto pledges sure are spilling out of Brown today.  After his proposals for cleaning up politics earlier, he's now told Channel 4's Gary Gibbon that Labour will pledge to keep the main rate of income tax at 20 pence in the forthcoming Parliament.  Whether that will satisfy those who would see their national insurance contributions rise over the same period, or placate those who were moved from a 10p tax rate to the 20p rate as a result of Brown's politicking a few years ago, remains to be seen.  Here's the video: