I'm a touch nervous about posting about tax policy - party because its not a devolved matter and partly because its such a politically 'hot' subject. But it cannot any longer be avoided. We are beginning to hear messages coming from on high - like a tax regime which gives greater support to the family and a tax switch to influence environment policy. Today's Telegraph goes into some detail on the latter.
I agree with both these policy positions, even if I do think we must present our support for the family, without a moralistic tone - concentrating our arguments on supporting a stable environment for children to be brought up in. The statistics seem to back this approach. Unless we make every effort not to be judgemental about how individuals choose to live their lives, we will be criticised. The environment tax switch is a massive political issue for us, and this is a big week, as George Osbourne outlines some of his thinking and the Climate Change Bill is published.
I cannot resist a slightly tongue in cheek linkage between marriage and environment policy. Or divorce rather than marriage. According to Marc Barker in today's Wales on Sunday, a Welsh company, Quickie Divorce UK based in Bridgend can disunite the unhappy couple for just £40. Assuming the couple move into separate houses, they would qualify for 2 lots of £20's worth of free low energy light bulbs if the Tories win May's Asembly election. What's the betting some wag starts mocking our 'divorce for free' manifesto.