UK minister casts doubt on Conservative tax pledge
LONDON (REUTERS) - A flagship tax policy promised by British Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservative party may not be delivered, a senior member of his government said on Saturday, inflicting a potentially damaging blow on the already gaffe-prone administration.
Cabinet Minister Ken Clarke cast doubts over the chances of the government implementing the tax plans, which would benefit married couples, before the next national elections due in 2015.
"We never committed ourselves to married couples' tax by the end of the parliament," Mr Clarke told London's Daily Telegraph in an interview. "I'm married, I'm not counting on it. I don't remember anyone promising that kind of thing," he said.
Mr Clarke's suggestion that Mr Cameron will fail to deliver on the pledge will add to the image of dither and disorganisation in the government that has gathered pace following a series of policy u-turns following an unpopular budget in March.