Nick Clegg\’s plans to cut taxes for low-paid “alarm clock Britain” would cost £4.3 billion
This is more than just a linguistic error, it\’s a category error.
Reducing the amount of money taken out of peoples\’ pockets does not have a \”cost\”. For the cost is itself the taking money out of peoples\’ pockets. The cost of politicians, of the State, is that money taken.
If this cost is reduced then we cannot say that this is a cost: this is a reduction in costs, not an increase. The correct phrasing is thus:
Nick Clegg\’s plans to cut taxes for low-paid “alarm clock Britain” would reduce costs by £4.3 billion