Ming Campbell attacks Gordon Brown’s “welfare state”

At a Liberal Democrat Leadership hustings in London last night Ming Campbell launched a fierce attack on Gordon Brown’s “welfare state”.

He said

Gordon Brown’s welfare state has failed Britain – it traps people in poverty instead of freeing them.

It makes people dependent instead of providing them with opportunities and second chances.

It penalises work instead of rewarding it. It complicates tax rather than simplifying it.

We are the most unequal society amongst the major economies and that has worsened since the 1970s.

We must take the poorest out of tax whilst rewarding those who want to be helped into learning and jobs.


Notes to Editors

The speech was delivered to the Liberal Democrat Leadership hustings at the National Liberal Club in London on Tuesday 14th.