Cameron Denies Fuel Duty Freeze Is A U-Turn
David Cameron has denied the Government performed a U-turn by freezing fuel duty after Labour called the move "another case of panic at the pumps".
At Prime Minister's Questions, Labour leader Ed Miliband claimed stopping the 3p increase planned for August was proof that "Plan A was not working".
But Mr Cameron insisted the coalition was "defusing Labour's tax bombshell" and that he was proud of the change, which was announced on Tuesday.
He told MPs: "The fuel duty increase was a Labour tax rise. It cannot be a U-turn to get rid of a Labour tax increase. They put in place 12 increases on fuel duty in government. They left behind six increases in fuel duty and I'm proud of the fact we are dealing with them."
Downing Street indicated earlier that Government ministers had not been told in advance about George Osborne's £550m decision to suspend the 3p hike in fuel duty.
His announcement during Treasury Questions caused astonishment, coming just a day after Transport Secretary Justine Greening publicly defended the hike.
And as recently as last week, Mr Cameron appeared to pour cold water on motorists' hopes of a rethink, saying the planned rise would be "looked at" but adding the Government "doesn't have a bottomless pit of money".
Mocking the Prime Minister at their weekly clash, Mr Miliband questioned why he had forgotten to tell the rest of the Cabinet and the party's backbenchers about the plan. "So it was all part of a seamless political strategy?" the Labour leader said.
Speculation the Chancellor might not have warned his colleagues was sparked when junior Treasury minister Chloe Smith repeatedly refused to say on BBC's Newsnight when she was told.
Outspoken Tory backbencher Nadine Dorries called the Chancellor a "coward" for putting up Ms Smith to defend the policy shift on the TV show.
She wrote on Twitter: "If Osborne sent Chloe on re scrapping 3p he is a coward as well as arrogant."
Referring to regular backbench grumbles that Mr Osborne does not put himself on the front line to fight the Government's case in the media, Ms Dorries added: "The submarine Chancellor sacrifices another minister whilst he slips under the surface... again." In the Commons, Mr Miliband seized on the tweet, telling the Prime Minister it was "no wonder" Miss Dorries had called the Chancellor a coward. "The Chancellor hid away yesterday, refusing to defend the decision," he said. "The Chancellor yesterday sent out the economic secretary to do interviews on this issue."
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Cancelling a tax Introduced by Labour when in power is a U turn Interesting - what else can we hold the Tories responsible for Early exit from euro 2012- just has to he a government U turn
how about looking after the British first and everyone else second,that'll be a nice u turn
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bobh_385 I like your idea Post it to Cameron's house
...MOTORISTS ARE A SOFT TARGET, SO LETS ALL USE PUBLIC TRANSPORT !!!!!!!!!!!
They will put the price of public transport up.
public transport just aint an option. have you any idea the price of bus fares. yet another rip off. and tazis mforget it.
They used to tax public transport. Stage coaches were taxed (but not mail coaches), and until 1929, railway passenger journeys were taxed.
Once again he says its labours fault. should he grow some balls? Be responsible for a change and admit your mistake!!
oil, banking, debt all tied. oil is extracted, money created and thus debt so that the saudis don't control all of capitalism the rothschilds ie nat creates debt. countries get indebted and the stupid belief systems of middle east prop up the rocks there. we all need energy. a much better idea run cars on enderex machines like japan wants ie hho systems run cars on water. oh that would end oil companies and stockmarkets. the muslims will walk into israel with all the western military kit supplied there ie saudi typhoon jets no wonder the saudis are supplying the syrian rebels. run cars on water to end wars and myth of climate change, 3/4 of planet is water lol
If it isn't a U-turn, what is? Can this man drive? Don't ever accept a lift from him unless he has his government car service chauffeur driving.
Wouldn`t you like to see the government u-turn on everything that they have done so far ? I would, everything UK governments have done since 1960 !
Let`s make that since the British Commonwealth act of 1948.
I agree entirely with you, Edgar.
Edgar Pensions and benefits would drop quite alot
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Cameron doing a "U" Turn surely not. It seems everything he says must not be necessary if "U" Turns can be carried out without a problem, or is that, with a problem? I dont know if thats a u turn or not!! Wish my vote had a "U" turn
CaMORON`S last budget a complete U.turn with the fuel tax increase stopped as Gordon Brown stated "THIS IS NO TIME FOR AMATEURS" .Now will he tax the fraudulent Bankers Bonuses.
it is about he got a grip and sttopped filling his rich pals pockets with money and cut tax to get this countrey back on its feet
as a none eaton posh boy with a load of cash in my bank account i would like one hour with him to see who he is helping and it is not the uk people
The tories are in free fall .......14 points behind in the polls !! yeah love it .Run all you like Scameron there is nowhere for you and your henchmen to hide .Perhaps one place though ...........under the same rock as your banker buddies should be hiding .No doubt you will be covering up for them.
And after the next GE and the Conservative party has been wiped out, what do you suppose will happen ? Don`t raise your hopes too high.
How does he know if it is a u turn he is not in the country longenough he should stay at home instead of flying around the world sticking his nose in someone elses affairs.He is making a mess of ruuing this country so how can he tell others how to run theirs.As for the banks he will not touch them as they are all his buddies and if they make money he will make money.Let`s get rid of him and his henchmen once and for all and vote him out as soon as possible.
Good Management for a change. Check the situation at the time of application and modify the action accordingly. What look like good ideas at the time of airing may not be so good at the time of application.
Very Well said!
Not a U-turn? what then a camber in the road? It is time for a no-entry sign for this lot in Downing Street.
It was not a "U Turn" many of us called upon the Government (through an e-petition) to note impose 16p per gallon (including VAT on top of the increased duty) in August. In any case it is only a postponement to January next year. The media (and some others) love to ridicule our politicians when they float a policy - then change their minds. Why? Do we always want to be steam hollered into the ground so that we can jibe at everyone and everything? Glad to hear the news, now cut out wasted billions on political correctness and any corruption - and let's raise the personal allowance to ten thousand pounds for all!