Ukip manifesto cracks down on inheritance tax… and pubs
Paul Nuttall could struggle with his latest plans to win over working class voters (and a certain former leader).
Ukip leader Paul Nuttall has previously insisted he is standing up for the working classes who have been abandoned by Jeremy Corbyn.
After winning the leadership last year, the shaven-headed Scouser blasted Labour as "more at home talking about the issues that swirl around the Islington dinner party than the issues that matter in working class communities".
With an eye on displacing Labour’s northern MPs, he told the Sunday Telegraph: "We have this fantastic opportunity, which we've never had before to this extent, to move into Labour working-class communities and mop up votes."
But in today’s manifesto, Ukip have included a couple of policies that could prove to be a tough sell to many voters in those northern working-class communities.
Most notably, Ukip has said it wants scrap inheritance tax altogether, so that even the children of billionaires would not be forced to pay anything into the public coffers when the wealth is passed on to them. For now it wants to raise the inheritance tax threshold to £1m for married couples or those in civil partnerships.
It follows research by the Institute for Fiscal Studies making it clear that those who benefit most from cutting inheritance tax are not the working class voters who Nuttall has claimed to champion. The independent think tank stated: "Among those born in the 1970s, 87% of those in the top income quintile have received or expect to receive an inheritance, compared with 58% of those in the bottom income quintile."
Meanwhile, recent House of Commons research has underlined that cutting inheritance tax mainly benefits people inheriting homes in constituencies in London and south-east England.
Key policies outlined in the UKIP manifesto include reducing net migration to zero within five years and a ban on the wearing of face coverings in public places.
Also tucked away in the manifesto is an attack on Tony Blair’s 2003 Licensing Act which relaxed opening hours for pubs, bars and clubs in a bid to achieve a ‘continental café-style culture’ in the UK.
Noting that this has led to doctors and police officers being attacked by drunks, the manifesto pledges shocking action that might not go down well with enthusiastic pub-goers, including former Ukip leader Nigel Farage.
It states: "To protect emergency workers from abuse, we will repeal the 2003 Licensing Act and bring in new legislation to reduce the density of alcohol outlets and restrict trading times."
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