Letter: Labour's tax plans: gainers and double standards

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The Independent Online
Sir: Your front-page article today ('Labour and Tory truths about tax', 6 April) reveals the hypocrisy of Labour claims and accusations. You point out that Labour now reckons that a working couple are on 'average annual earnings' if their income is approximately pounds 19,500. Yet precisely two years ago, it was threatening an effective 9 per cent increase in tax rates to those in the 'upper income bracket' - which in its judgement started at pounds 20,280.

These are the double standards that 'the sort of voters for whom the parties are competing' should remember before they enter the polling booths this summer.

Yours truly,

JEREMY R. LUCAS

Colchester, Essex

6 April

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