I think the vast majority of people in this country would agree that the 1% of the population who are paid (or pay themselves) over £100,000 a year need to be taxed more. The practicalities of achieving this in a globalised world full of tax havens and tax avoidance schemes (and the UK is one of the biggest players in this tax avoidance/ tax haven market) are where the differences of opinion occur.
As long as we have countries dominated by the right-wing thinking of the US and pursuing 'cheating' social dumping policies, it is going to be very difficult to achieve fair taxation of the very rich.
The Conservative party have always had the super rich onside and have moulded their policies to suit them but now, even the Labour party have pretty much come to an accommodation with the super rich in running this country, maybe they have had to, with the power the super rich have over the economy and media. But if we are to improve the lot of the poorest sections of our society, someone has to pay for it and at the moment the burden is too heavy on the lowest earners. There is more scope to increase tax for the 11% who pay the top rate, but this government has been quite cowardly here as well.
Even the Conservatives now 'say' they agree that inequality needs to be reduced. Of course notional targets like this are easy without outlining how you are going to do it and the Conservatives spin their policies better, but they still see the same Thatcherite policies that widened inequality as the solutions to inequality.
Contrary to how the press try to paint the parties, Labour is the party for the aspirational, the ambitious, the wealth creators, it is certainly not the Conservatives, who are only interested in entrenching privilege - preserving the status quo or worse, taking us back to widening inequality and worsening public services. Labour has done much to improve public services and have now turned the corner in starting to reduce the inequality that was built up during the 18 years of Tory rule.
To those of you who think there is nothing wrong in being the lowest taxed, most unequal country in the EU, I ask why should the UK spend less on healthcare and education than Germany and France? Are you happy that our heightened inequality is proven to lead to more unhappiness, crime and health problems etc and a lower quality of life. This is not the model for an ambitious efficient nation that cares about its people and their quality of life. I look forward to hearing the 'caring conservatives' policies (if they ever admit to any), but if it is anything like the 'compassionate conservatism' of George Bush, (and the omens are not good), then we all need to be aware of exactly what we would be going back to if Cameron does win the next election.