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DAVID Cameron was accused of wallowing in the prospect of cuts yesterday after viewing the recession as a "big opportunity" to slash Government spending.

The Tory leader said voters wanted a clear message about what was on the way.

He would start by scrapping tax credits for families on more than pounds 50,000.

Other benefits that go to everyone like the winter fuel allowance also face the axe.

Child benefit could be ended for all but the poorest - and critics fear tax credits would go the same way.

Mr Cameron said: "This is an effort at getting public spending down and the budget balanced, we mustn't see it as some dreadful catastrophe.

"We've got to see it as a big opportunity to deliver public services in a different way."

Mr Cameron did back-peddle on scrapping inheritance tax for the well-off straight away.

But a Tory government would bring it in before the following election.

Chancellor Alistair Darling condemned the Tories' callous attitude.

He said: "If you look at the Tories over the last few days, some of them have been wallowing in the prospect of making cuts."

The Chancellor pledged that Labour would prioritise the needy over the rich.


SPELLING IT OUT Cameron on air yesterday
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jul 27, 2009
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