THE REAL level of Conservative support for Crossrail was always a subject of speculation, whatever their front bench said publicly.
So I guess today’s bid to scrap the Business Rate Supplement Bill should have been expected. But so much for the Tories wanting to decentralise government!
As it stands, the Bill will allow local authorities to levy up to two per cent extra on business rates for specific capital projects – subject to a vote of the business community.
So let’s recap: large capital projects? No. Allowing local authorities to decide their own priorities? No. Give local businesses a say in whether they want a capital project to go ahead? No.
No Crossrail, no third runway, no local democracy AND they still want to slice five billion of next year’s budget.
Coming soon: The Longest Suicide Note in History, Part 2