That's what a Tory strategist just told me when I asked if Ken Clarke was "on message" when he told BBC1's Politics Show - a few minutes ago - that Labour was unlikely to leave Britain "in a position where we can do that." "That" being the inheritance tax reform announced by George Osborne in October 2007.
PoliticsHome also records the Shadow Business Secretary's response to questions on the 45p tax band:
He then gave the game away, admitting that this is largely a political move by the party: "It's a symbolic tax increase. It isn't going to raise much money."
The Tory strategist told me that the plan is for the Tories to take an "anti-rich" position on 45p, inheritance tax and regulation of the City in order to "buy room for acceptance of public spending cuts." Only when the party has decontaminated itself as the party of the rich will we have the authority to attack the size of the state, I was told.
2.30pm: Should have said this earlier but my sister had prepared the Mother's Day Sunday lunch and I had to rush! I think this is a sensible strategy in general terms. I sympathise with delaying the IHT pledge (I floated the possibility a couple of weeks ago and Jonathan raised it at David Cameron's February press conference). A tough line on misbehaving bankers is also sensible. I still think the party has too readily given up on the specific issue of 45p, however - for all the reasons now well rehearsed.
3.30pm: Watch the key segment of Ken Clarke's Politics Show interview.