Consumer groups have reacted furiously to a leaked Treasury email suggesting that Alistair Darling will include a windfall tax on déjà vu in his Budget today, in a move designed to raise £3.5 billion without alienating younger voters.
‘The sight of Hoon, Hewitt and Byers promising access for cash has led to a huge rise in UK déjà vu,’ said an analyst. ‘All this archive footage of Neil Hamilton and Mohammed al Fayed and that Aitken bloke is fuelling the déjà vu boom, and the Government has the chance to slap a tax on it and make a mint.’
The gamble is likely to dent Labour’s support among older voters. Maurice Levinson, 85, recently had to sell his house to pay for his residential care. ‘I’ve worked hard all my life and now I’ve had to sell my home of sixty years, all I’ve got left are my memories,’ he said. ‘Now it turns out the Government is trying to take those too, at least before the dementia sets in.’
There was no confirmation from the Treasury today about the proposed tax. ‘There have been rumours about a so-called déjà vu tax for a long time,’ said a Treasury source. ‘Frankly, we’ve been here before.’
K D Adamson