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Gordon Brown used to think that national insurance was "a tax on ordinary families"

Gordon Brown morose 2010 Yes, Gordon Brown really did once say the following:

"National Insurance is a tax on ordinary families".

He said it during the Budget debate in the House of Commons in 1996, just six months before he became Chancellor. Clearly his tune has changed since then, given his insistence on increasing NI, while the Conservatives' proposed block of that rise is set to make seven out of ten people from ordinary families better off.

Thanks to Conservative blogger John Ward and others who have pointed this out.

Jonathan Isaby