Some kind soul has just sent me this email from the LibDems. I'm not sure who it was originally intended for. It seems that we will be treated to their tax proposals on Friday - although they won't be holding a press conference for fear of any difficult questions. We know that Sir Ming isn't very good at counting...
"This is an advance warning that, on Friday morning, the party will be publishing the findings of our Tax Commission, which will be put to our autumn conference in Brighton next month.There will be no press conference, but we are working to maximise coverage in Friday's newspapers and broadcasts. On Thursday morning we will send you, under strict embargo:·
A copy of the press release for the following day·
A draft press release for local use by MPs and PPCs ·
A Q&A briefing on the proposals·
A link to the full paper from the Tax Commission, which will be posted on the extranet
On Friday morning the paper will be officially published and will be publicly available on the party website.The key messages for the launch will be broadly the same as those around Menzies' speech in June, in which he trailed some of the proposals. Specifically, that we aim to reform the tax system to make it
Fairer: progressive in relation to income and wealth
Simpler: for individuals and companies
Greener: taxing 'bads' and bigger incentives to sustainability
Local: greater fiscal freedom for democratic local government
More Efficient: promoting incentives to work and save
In particular, we aim to cut the burden of direct taxes on the lowpaid and Middle Britain and we would pay for it by raising taxes onthose who pollute the environment and on the very wealthy. I hope this is helpful.
Senior Political Adviser Liberal Democrat Political Communications Unit"
If you're seeking to maximise press coverage you might think you'd organise a press conference or keynote speech by the LibDem leader or Treasury Spokesman. Not rocket science, is it? Is the malign influence of Gavin Grant playing a role again? There may be trouble ahead...