There are, of course, some measures in there that will be unpopular with voters - that VAT hike looks like a particularly hard sell. Which is why the Tories need to do even more to highlight the full horror of their potential inheritance.“
-- Higher taxes on business are unlikely. “Business taxation was a no no if you’re trying to strengthen a recovery,” said Clarke yesterday.-- A brake on all existing Tory tax pledges as reported by the News of the World is more than likely despite denials from CCHQ.-- Green taxation (kicked into the long grass as an idea during the recession) may be raised without commensurate cuts.-- VAT up to 20% (that's the tax hike highlighted by Brogan).-- A big increase in co-payments. Co-payments were a big idea of David Cameron's Tory leadership bid but little has been heard about them since. Then he talked about students helping to pay for their university education and motorists helping to pay for roads. Will charges for certain medical services be one way of a Tory government maintaining NHS spending without plundering other departmental budgets? I'm only speculating.