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Employment minister calls Labour's proposed tax cuts a 'desperate' measure

Published 11/02/2007

Labour's call for tax cuts is a cynical attempt to gain popularity and a failure of its own policy, according to minister for employment, Michael Martin.

Pat Rabbitte announced at his party conference yesterday that he would cut the lower tax band from twenty to eighteen per cent if elected.

But Michael Martin says the pledge goes against everything the Labour leader has stood for in the last ten years:

"He attacked Charlie McCreevy when he brought wave after wave of tax cuts throughout the late nineties and the early years of this decade," he said.

"I think it's an admission by Pat Rabbitte that he lost the argument on tax. It's a desperate argument by him to try and gain popularity because his party is in danger of coming in fourth in the general election."

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