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Osborne: Brown 'damaged'

George Osborne
Gordon Brown was weak and indecisive, David Cameron has been strong and shown clarity
George Osborne

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Speaking to Jon Sopel, on today's programme, the Shadow Chancellor, George Osborne said "Gordon Brown himself had been damaged".

He said: "We've got a prime minister who was more interested in spinning himself into a General Election campaign, than actually governing the country.

"So key decisions that affect real people, some of the most serious decisions that government has to take, for example on Iraq or on the future of the health service or Alistair Darling's pre budget report - these were all brought forward.

"Some of them announced in the middle of a Conservative Party Conference, rather than to parliament, and it was all done to prepare the ground for a General Election campaign that was supposed to start next Tuesday.

"Gordon Brown was weak and indecisive, David Cameron has been strong and shown clarity and when confronted with that, the public have made it pretty clear which one they prefer."

Fixed term Parliament?

Sir Menzies Campbell
I think it's now generally accepted that it's quite wrong that it should be within the discretion of the Prime Minister to decide when he wants a General Election
Sir Menzies Campbell

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Also on the Politics Show, the Liberal Democrat leader, Sir Menzies Campbell, announced that the Lib Dems will introduce a Bill this week calling for fixed term Parliaments.

"It's time we had fixed term, four year parliaments," he said, "and two of my colleagues in the House of Commons, David Heath and David Howarth, will introduce a Bill this week to provide for that.

"Because I think it's now generally accepted that it's quite wrong that it should be within the discretion of the Prime Minister to decide when he wants a General Election.

"Inevitably, as the events of the last two or three weeks have shown, that decision will be based on what's thought to be best for the governing party, rather than what's thought to be best for the people of this country - that's my criticism of Gordon Brown.

"For the last two or three weeks this charade has persisted and you've just got to ask yourself, what have Ministers been doing?

"Have they been planning the General Election or have they been getting on with the governance of the country.

"I don't think there's any doubt that it's the first of these."

Darling: 'Maybe..'

Alistair Darling
The problem the Tories have got is they've made a specific promise
Alistair Darling

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The Chancellor Alistair Darling also appeared on the programme.

When challenged about whether Labour might steal the Conservative proposal to cut inheritance tax, he appeared to leave the door ajar.

He said: "In the last 10 years, we have increased the threshold for inheritance tax, way over inflation, in fact George Osborne is right about this, Gordon Brown did increase it for the next three years and all taxes are kept under review.

"But what the difference is," he continued, "that if you go to somebody and say, look I'm prepared to give away lots of money, people say, well that sounds very nice, the second question though is, how are you going to pay for it?"

Doubting sums

Mr Darling went on to attack the basis for George Osborne's sums on Inheritance Tax, saying: "The problem the Tories have got is they've made a specific promise.

"They say they're going to get money from taxing non domicile people.

"They've inflated the numbers and when you ask them, where's their source of the information as to how many non domicile people, it turns out, it's in an article in a Sunday newspaper.

"That's no way to put economic policy."

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