Of course, Brown has to very careful here if he plays with the other income tax we all pay - sorry, it's not an income tax, it's a tax on earnings, it's different don't you know. NI is meant to be hypothetcated to pay for the NHS, we all know it isn't. If he does decide to sting us all by proposing massive rises in the NI contributions we make to claw back his profligacy in spending, then he really would be walking into the Tory charge of a bombshell.
It seems incredible that he may be gambling that people will happily take sweeties for free today in the knowledge that they don't have to pay for them later. Perhaps we should rename him the DFS Prime Minister because it all sounds like a sofa sale.
"Buy now. Pay later. Nothing to pay for the first year!"
Mind you, isn't that exactly the attitude that got us into this mess in the first place?