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One plan even the Tories balked at

Issue No. 2304

Top Tory adviser and “blue-sky thinker” Steve Hilton has quit Number 10 under a cloud.

Reports say he was pushing a pet plan that was just too “radical”.

At the heart of the Downing Street machine, Hilton built a group that wanted to cut corporation tax in the budget—to just 15 percent. And it would be funded by benefit cuts.

Even Cameron was nervous of going that far. But it’s a glimpse of what might have been.


Still, things couldn’t get much worse. Many blind people who currently get Disability Living Allowance will lose out under new tests.

Officials will test things like whether you can walk—which blind people generally can.


There was one last hurrah for Hilton though.

Vouchers for parenting classes, launched this week in Boots, were his idea.

Hilton thought this would encourage good parenting—and so stop future riots. Obviously.


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Tue 22 May 2012, 17:25 BST
Issue No. 2304
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