From the Conservative party website (If it's in red it's me):
Mr. Brown's claim that the majority of drivers will benefit from changes to the road tax has been exposed as an error (polite parliamentary way of saying he's a lying git).Fraser Nelson over on the The Spectator Coffee House has also been looking into "Brownies". This time he questions Brown's claims of record employment.
Brown's claim, made in Prime Minister's Questions, contradicts previous Government statements:
- In Alistair Darling's Budget Red Book, it was stated: "As a result of these reforms, the majority of motorists will be better or no worse off in 2009."
- Treasury figures from April indicate that 81% of cars will be worse off (shocker!)after the changes to Vehicle Excise Duty.
Another of Brown's claims - that 24 of the 30 top models "will have the same or lower tax as a result" - has also been shown to be misleading.
Vehicles like the Mondeo, Focus and Micra are included in the 24, even though most of their models will be taxed more heavily.
David attacked Brown during PMQs for using "dodgy statistics" to back up his argument.