Tax

The yellow bird of liberty stretches its wings

30 March 2011 9:17

Remember when Nick Clegg said that the coalition was shuffling into a new phase? One where his party would would…

Osborne gets his man

24 March 2011 8:41

So Martin Sorrell is set to move WPP back to Britain. This was always part of Osborne’s Budget plan, as…

Is 40% the "basic rate" of income tax?

23 March 2011 11:54

MPs are pretty out of touch, of course, clueless about the way “ordinary people” live. That’s what we’re supposed to…

Budget morning

23 March 2011 9:03

George Osborne couldn’t really have expected a much better set of newspaper covers than the one before him this morning.…

Osborne’s grand merger?

17 March 2011 9:11

George Osborne’s Budget — his plan to deliver us from “rescue to recovery,” apparently — is less than a week…

What price a fuel duty stabiliser?

25 February 2011 9:30

Last we heard, the government was considering what it should, and could, do to suppress rising fuel prices. I wonder…

Osborne shouldn’t spend the extra money

22 February 2011 11:47

Lucky old George Osborne. The British economy is not in “meltdown,” but churning out tax revenue like a fruit machine.…

Bad banking

19 February 2011 10:28

No wonder the banks like Britain’s corporation tax regime. This morning’s newspapers all tell that Barclays paid just £113m in…

Ten things you need to know about the IFS Green Budget

2 February 2011 14:20

An exciting day for policy freaks and numbers geeks: the Institute for Fiscal Studies has released its latest Green Budget,…

Osborne’s tax headache

1 February 2011 11:37

No doubt about it, George Osborne is being pulled in two directions ahead of the Budget. There are those, such…

What are Osborne’s options?

31 January 2011 13:14

One of the most eyecatching political reports of the weekend was squirrelled away on page 16 (£) of the Sunday…

The coalition feels the squeeze

31 January 2011 9:18

The Institute for Fiscal Studies are out prowling the airwaves again, and they bring happy and unhappy tidings for the…

Boris: George knows I’m right

28 January 2011 9:05

David Cameron and George Osborne must have hoped that their message from Davos today would be broadcast unimpeded. It is,…

Sexism is a red-herring; it’s family that matters

24 January 2011 13:54

I’m afraid that women have been faking it, having us men on. You see they understand the offside rule and…

Breaking the curious silence on upcoming tax changes

16 January 2011 12:12

This week, Nick Clegg added his name to the fast-growing list of politicians addressing the critical question of living standards.…

Cameron sells the coalition’s economic policy

9 January 2011 15:02

David Cameron was on Marr this morning (with yours truly doing the warm-up paper review), talking about the “tough and…

Osborne and Johnson battle over the new tax divide

4 January 2011 9:14

Now here’s a thing: a radio appearance by Alan Johnson that actually clarified some details about Labour’s economic policy in…

Reality-Based Fiscal Conservatism

15 December 2010 18:02

Bully for George Osborne. His interview with James and Fraser contains heaps of good sense. Most especially when he defends…

Keeping the financial sector in Britain

8 December 2010 17:24

The financial services industry in the UK is at a crucial juncture. Our new research report “Not with a Bang…

Devolution 2.0: A Centre-Right Revival?

1 December 2010 14:47

On this, at least, there is consensus: devolution has proved a disappointment. How could it be otherwise when the Scottish…

Tax cuts: a Swedish recession remedy

29 November 2010 20:17

I travelled in from frozen Stockholm this morning. My colleague Mary Wakefield set out from County Durham. No prizes for…

Going beyond the IDS reforms

12 November 2010 14:38

Iain Duncan Smith deserves credit for fully understanding the nature and scale of the welfare problem. But that’s the easy…

How we got here – and where we’re going

20 October 2010 11:08

With the Spending Review less than two hours away, I thought CoffeeHousers might like to be armed with a few…

Alan Johnson’s economic gamble

18 October 2010 11:45

The most shameless line of Alan Johnson’s big speech came at the beginning. “Being in opposition does not mean pretending…

Clegg sweetens the pill with a fairness premium

15 October 2010 9:07

Only five days to go until the spending review – and after weeks of emphasis on the cuts we’re about…