Government gives progressive tax proposal thumbs down

The government has quashed another attempt by the Social Democrats to push a bill on progressive tax through Parliament. On its web page the government describes the proposal as poorly constructed, unsystematic and running counter its own policy programme. An official statement is expected on Wednesday, but pundits say that in view of the government’s comfortable majority in the lower house the opposition’s chances of seeing it implemented are virtually non-existent. At present there is a single 15 percent tax in place.