Just been watching the late news on the BBC. Its bad enough having to listen to reports of Wales' defeat at the hands of Figi. But then Guto Harri came on with truly galling news from our Conference at Blackpool. It seems that we are going to abolish Stamp Duty on house sales up to £250,000 for first time buyers - assuming we form the next Government. Well all I can say is "B****r it". We've got a flat in Cardiff which we hope to sell - for about £270,000! Its a great policy though and I like it. I hope Guto has got this right.
I'm going up to Blackpool tomorrow where it seems we are in for the public presentation of a raft of exciting new policies. The Beeb was reporting tonight that we are going to propose significant changes to the tax system which promote marriage - controversial but pleasing to me. And I was also pleased to hear that we might be announcing an Airline Pollution Duty - which I think would be better received than a tax on individual passengers. And then there could be a firm promise to hold a referendum on the EU treaty that Gordon Brown tells us is not a treaty. And then we might hear some more about reducing the pain that Inheritance Tax inflicts on anyone who owns a half decent property. I all this comes to pass, I will find it difficult to understand if we don't storm ahead in the opinion polls next weekend. This is the stuff that will cause the Prime Minister to 'bottle out' of calling a snap General Election.