For once I actually agree with the Tories on this one. It's something that was going to be done by all 3 parties, although I still hate this "we're all in this together" malarkey.
Infact, if I were PM, VAT would go up to 25%. We need a complete reform of the tax system in this country to sort out the rich-poor barrier. Look at Sweden, they have the lowest rich/poor gap in the EU and the VAT rate is 25%. Every luxury you pay for should be heavily taxed, including beer, tabs, TV's and electronics and the likes. It sounds a little loopy and not many people will like it, but if you can afford to go out and get pi$$ed-up, smoke cigarettes and throw your money away, you should be able to pay your way for it.