The Evening Standard’s political correspondent Joe Watts rounds up the week in politics.
Boris Johnson concludes his New York trip today and will return to the tax avoidance row - an argument he’s already waded into. He told the Evening Standard: “I think people have a legitimate right to minimise their tax obligations.”
Joe says Mr Johnson’s comments will only throw “fuel on the fire” and will suit the Labour narrative which hopes to pitch the Tories as money-hoarding fat-cats.
In regards to his comments on “dodgy” Lord Fink, Ed Miliband either made a fool of himself or picked a fight and won, depending on which side of the political spectrum one sits. Despite many commentators thinking he hasn’t efficiently capitalised on the Tory donor’s strange admissions of “vanilla” tax, the outcome of it all has been a bounce back in the polls for Labour.
The same can’t be said for the Liberal Democrats as it was revealed 62 per cent of the party’s current supporters say they may change their mind over who to vote for. It has also been reported many Labour voters would prefer their party formed a coalition with the Greens or the SNP than with the Nick Clegg’s party.
Joe says the party have “a big day of reckoning” coming up and may soon change their leader.