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Interview: Chris Huhne

His comments to James Macintyre on the 50p tax rate made headlines. The controversial Lib Dem talks about Nick Clegg’s survival, and strains in the coalition

By James Macintyre   October 2011

Listen to James Macintyre’s interview with Chris Huhne here: [audio: http://www.prospectmagazine.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/Huhne_interview.mp3]

Chris Huhne opened a new rift in the cabinet when he told Prospect that scrapping the 50p top rate of income tax would be “just a way of helping the Conservatives’ friends in the City to put their feet up.” The attack made headlines, together with his threat that “there are simply not going to be the votes for it in the House of Commons” because the Liberal Democrats would help block such a move.

Huhne was careful to make a non-ideological, economic case against cutting the rate,…

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