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Tax crunch time

A POWERFUL, significant number of MPs and Ministers have spoken to Prime Minister Charlot Salwai about freezing plans for any income tax for the conceivable future.

Some MPs have told The Independent that they think the contentious issue should be held over until the 2020 national elections and this reporter was asked not to write anything until their rural voters were given significant briefings so they could then form some proper opinions for themselves.

But they have now told me that they cannot see that happening at all and that it is just ‘lip service’.

“This is not democracy at work at all, most of my people have no idea what income tax means at all and reaching them to explain it properly will take months if not years,’’ said a Tanna MP, who did not want to be named as he is government MP.

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