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    David Burbage MBE was Leader of the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead Council from 2007-2016. This blog : Promoted by Geoff Hill on behalf of David Burbage and all other Windsor and Maidenhead Conservative candidates, all of 2 Castle End Farm, Ruscombe, Berkshire RG10 9XQ
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Alan Johnson gaffes on basic tax question

Posted by davidburbage on January 9, 2011

What is bad about the gaffe that this cringeworthy politician who can’t admit he doesn’t know the answer, is not that he doesn’t know the answer – he should do of course – but that he makes it up on the hoof, hopes for the best by trying to mislead viewers that he knows the answer.

Entertainingly, the car crash question hangs over him as he waffles on about “going up by 1%” when you can tell that the Sky interviewer is just going to ask him again what the rate actually is when he finishes waffling.

Not a good position to be in.

Note to self : if you don’t know the answer, just admit it. Don’t make it up….. make honesty the best policy, Alan.

The “20 to 21 percent” he claimed was the increase was a confused basic rate of tax – or was that VAT? (but both were wrong) number that he thought might be in the right ballpark.

Now, how was that economic management of the economy whilst he was in the Cabinet?


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