The Tories talk tax
John Redwood wants to ease the burden of red tape on business and cut waste. A report out on Friday will promise measures that could save business 14 billion a year. Interestingly, he calls them 'tax cuts' in all but name, despite the leadership's caution in using those words. David Cameron has always hesitated to talk about cutting taxes to the frustration of many in the party.
Memories of the 2001 and 2005 elections when Conservative promises on specific tax cuts were used by their opponents to suggest they'd slash money from public services guided his near silence.
Yet here, the latest in the Tories' policy reviews promises a whole range of measures described as 'tax cuts' that the party would introduce as long as the economy is stable.
Mr Redwood, former minister from the right of the party wants to scrap some health and safety legislation, reduce the number of data protection laws and roll back regulation on the hours we work. He recommends making it easier to make staff redundant, simplify the tax regime, and axe the controversial Home Information Packs. Those are not, in a direct sense, tax cuts. But the report will claim repealing large chunks of legislation could save business billions. That could appeal to many voters - no one likes red tape.
And there's more. Writing today, he outlines plans to get the private sector more involved in updating our roads, railways and water system. Mr Redwood seemed robust in interviews, confident that Mr Cameron has read his report and very hopeful that unlike some of the other Tory policy reviews, it will get backing from the leadership.
George Osborne, the shadow chancellor, was involved in drawing up the report, although we're told in terms of its presentation, not its policy ideas. But he is perhaps David Cameron's closest political friend. It's difficult to imagine him not discussing the proposals with the party's leader.
Mr Osborne and Mr Redwood also say if they had to withdraw from some EU agreements to achieve these reforms they would. No doubt these ideas are of the right, and somewhat Eurosceptic. Many Conservative activists will delight in these ideas. These are policy proposals for the party to get its teeth into.
So why do the Labour party look so pleased about it?
Well, government ministers have already seized on the report as evidence that the Conservatives are swerving to the right and abandoning the centre ground where the Tories are arguably most dangerous to them. John Hutton, cabinet minister, said following this route would lead the Tories to 'oblivion'.
Now as I understand it No 10 was delighted when David Cameron mentioned the subject of Europe at Prime Minister's Questions a few weeks ago. And I sense the same sentiment in evidence here.
Why? Well it gives them ammunition to make an easy, although some might say predictable, attack. Conservatives talk about tax and Europe, Labour says they're the 'same old Tories'.
They say it shows David Cameron, after a difficult few weeks, has given in to the party's old guard and retreated to familiar conservative territory.
Yet this report has been a long time coming. I'm told it's a detailed and extensive piece of work, certainly not a rush job cobbled together to shore up support for the party leadership after a rough few weeks. They may well strike a chord with many voters.
But the proposals give Labour plenty of ammunition for an attack. The TUC's concerns also allow them to present the plans as a challenge to employees' rights. The report will be published in full on Friday. And the parties are warming up for a fight.