Dear The Left,
Thank you for your policy suggestions, which have been passed to the relevant departments. We are very grateful for all your hard work, however it would be appreciated if you could clarify some points.
We have been listening to your theories on the deficit and we are certainly interested in your theories.
As a member of the British Public, to tell you the truth, I’ve always thought of a country’s budget like that of a household’s, but thinking about it I see you have a point and that things are more complicated than that.
A deficit is someone else’s surplus, that makes sense, and if I could take out a loan at 3.5% over 10 years like the Government can I might consider borrowing a little more too. In general it had started making sense.
Of course, at the moment I’m not working as much as I’d like to and you might be able to help out with that. My kids need childcare and it sounds like you can offer what the Tories can’t. Personally it had started making sense.
You had me interested, but then you changed and started confusing me.
You have stopped saying that the deficit was nothing to worry about at the moment and that eliminating it in 5 years was a bad almost dangerous thing. Now you have started arguing that it needs to be eliminated in a single year.
I have to admit, I was only just coming round to the idea that the deficit didn’t need eliminating over five years, and here you are saying we can close it in one! Now it kinda seems like you don’t know what you’re talking about.
I found it hard to trust you after that, so I looked at your new idea a little more. It turns out your plan doesn’t even make sense on its own terms. Look at this graph. 
If you concede that eliminating the deficit is important and that to tackle it you need to tax 10% of the population in a totally new way (not even the best totally new way), why do you do such a dreadful job of tackling the deficit?
Why are you promoting a one off tax to tackle the deficit? I mean why use a one off slice of the public’s stock of wealth to tackle a problem, as you seem to concede it is now a problem, like the deficit, which is a flow?
We British Public are getting a lot of mixed signals: Some of them are making you look untrustworthy and those that aren’t are making you look stupid.
Once again, please accept our thanks for your suggestions. If you don’t hear back from us within two weeks please accept this as confirmation that your policy recommendations have been rejected.
A Confused British Public