Mr Clegg insisted the moves were driven by a desire to tackle unfairness in the heart of the tax system. He said: "I actually think we have got a new mood which is not a punitive squeeze-the-pips-until-they-leave-the-country 1970s style, absolutely not.
"We celebrate success, we celebrate and support entrepreneurialism, people doing well, earning money. I have no problem with that. But I think everybody now in Britain recognises that one of the things that went wrong in the get-rich-quick, spend-today-don't care about tomorrow society that Labour presided over the last decade was that we didn't make Britain fair enough."
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