Now three Birmingham MPs, Sion Simon, Gisela Stewart and Lynne Jones, have declared the 20p starting rate on income tax a step too far… that’s a fair cross section of MPs, from regular rebel to usual loyalist.
While the theory goes that this will be offset by tax breaks, it is claimed the poorest will be badly hit… knowing sod all about economics, I’m not going to try to analyse it further.
I made a prediction about the London elections a couple of weeks ago and now I want to predict the Birmingham City Council Elections. I had a dream over the weekend that a spate of Tory Candidates forgot to hand in their nomination papers, alas the Tory Brum machine was just about organised enough!
40 seats are up for election, currently 12 of them are Tory, 13 Lib Dem and 14 Labour, with one independent.
I predict, Labour GAIN: 3 but lose 5. Tory gain: 4, Lib Dems lose 4 and gain 1. The independent will probably stay.
Therefore, the standings will be Tory: 16, Lab, 13, Lib Dem 10 and Other, 1.
EDITORIAL NOTE: PragueTory must now declare his predictions and let us compare notes at the end!