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LIB DEMS PROPOSE CARBON TAX

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A proposed carbon tax was defended yesterday by Matthew Taylor, the Liberal Democrats' environment spokesman. ...
A proposed carbon tax was defended yesterday by Matthew Taylor, the Liberal Democrats' environment spokesman.

The tax likely to raise fuel prices has been deemed controversial and a potential vote loser, reports The Guardian (p9).

Mr Taylor, speaking at the party's conference in Brighton, said it will be phased in, creating a long term incentive to cut pollution:

'We'll switch the burden of taxation away from employment and income, and towards pollution and waste'.

Dissent over the carbon tax was expressed by Andrew Duffield, parliamentary prospective candidate for Tynemouth, who described it as 'misguided and flawed'; the costs falling on the consumer, he instead favoured a universal energy tax.
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