Gordon is Praying For A Miracle
Alistair Darling is preparing the ground for drastic revisions of his growth and borrowing forecasts in the Budget, raising the prospect of further deferred tax rises to balance the books according to The Times
In a leak of discussions involving senior officials from the Department for Transport it was reported suppliers were told that the Chancellor was aiming to restore public finances over seven to ten years and that significant cuts in spending or rises in personal taxation — or both — were likely.
It is alleged, from the leaks, that he has considered raising the rate of VAT, currently reduced from 17.5 per cent to 15 per cent, to 18.5 per cent or possibly 19.5 per cent.
Gordon Brown has called Mr Darling, Mervyn King and Lord Turner of Ecchinswell, the chairman of the Financial Services Authority, to Downing Street this morning, to discuss how he can spin the latest disaster and prolong the G20 bounce.