VAT goes up today. Whilst the government must increase its revenue, this doesn't seem like a very sensible way to do it.
The parties that are bringing in this VAT increase are the same ones that condemned the idea less than a year ago, as being unfair. If you're going to raise taxes, do it fairly. Green ideas include: clamp down on tax avoidance and evasion, end the public subsidy for airlines, tax un-earned income at the same rate as earned income, and lower the 50% tax band to incomes over £100,000.