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Google plays the global tax game – and charitable moves aren’t common

26 January 2016 18:52

When George Osborne announced at the Conservative Party conference in 2014 that he would force companies such as Google, Facebook…

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MPs hammer Treasury ministers on ‘completely unacceptable’ sweetheart deal for Google

25 January 2016 17:57

Even though, as Fraser argued last week, Google has done nothing wrong in agreeing to pay £130 million to settle…

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Google obeys tax laws, and gives us awesome services for free. Why complain?

23 January 2016 12:06

If Google hoped for some good PR in offering £130 million to settle UK tax claims dating back to the…

Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne leaves the Treasury for the House of Commons to deliver the his Autumn statement, on November 25, 2015 in London, England.

This is not the end of ‘austerity’ – the IFS verdict on George Osborne’s Autumn Statement

26 November 2015 13:45

This is not the end of ‘austerity’. A swathe of departments will see real terms cuts. On the other hand…

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Does George Osborne really want to make himself the scourge of the strivers?

6 November 2015 11:59

Without George Osborne, we’d probably be living under Prime Minister Ed Miliband right now. His value to the government goes…

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A beginner’s guide to Corbynomics

3 August 2015 15:37

‘Corbynomics’, aka Jeremy Corbyn’s plans for the UK economy, has entered the Westminster lexicon today. It appears to consist of…


A British policeman shouldn’t take orders from a radical Islamist preacher

23 June 2015 16:58

Each year Anjem Choudary earns more in benefits than a soldier does starting off in our armed forces. This is…

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George Osborne must implement Charlotte Church tax reforms – and urgently

6 June 2015 7:42

As the Chancellor prepares his post-election Budget, he faces an obvious opportunity. Throughout the last general election campaign, we heard from…

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Why is big business so interested in left-wing politics?

29 May 2015 10:23

Numerous commentators have noted how the Irish marriage referendum was influenced by big business, especially Californian-based companies like Google. It’s one…


Don’t Labour tax advisers pop up in the funniest places?

19 May 2015 14:10

Remember Jolyon Maugham, the QC who had fifteen minutes of fame during the General Election campaign when he ‘advised Labour…


Politicians seem to fetishise laws that bind their own hands

29 April 2015 16:09

What is the point of government passing a law to stop it doing something when it can just as easily…

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At last, tax receipts are surging as Osborne’s recovery continues

23 April 2015 13:20

The economic good news continues. Until now, the Achilles’ heel of the recovery was weak tax revenue – in part…

Conservative Party Launch Their Election Manifesto

Are the Conservatives being honest about their new minimum wage policy?

14 April 2015 20:07

The Conservatives have sent out a campaign email from David Cameron this evening promoting their key manifesto pledges. You’d expect…


In defence of the 1 per cent: a Spectator debate

13 April 2015 17:12

Ed Miliband’s manifesto can be boiled down to the simple act of shaking his fist at the wealthy. Yes, the…


Is Ed Miliband really prepared to risk £8.27 billion on an election stunt?

10 April 2015 11:57

It’s a common assumption that non-doms pay little tax. It’s certainly an assumption made by Ed Miliband, who has announced plans to scrap the…


Labour accuse Lynton Crosby of ‘going nuclear’ to distract from non-dom row

9 April 2015 15:00

Despite their leader playing the pious ‘not angry, but disappointed’ shtick at his press conference this morning, it’s not all…

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Labour’s non-dom millionaire donor stays silent over Ed’s proposals

8 April 2015 12:35

Today Ed Miliband has announced with all guns blazing that the Labour party will abolish non-dom status if they are…


Ed Miliband is deliberately misleading ‘you and me’ on the non-dom rules

8 April 2015 8:30

When he announced Labour Party proposals for changes to the non-dom rules, Ed Miliband tried very hard to be as…


Parties launch tax attacks as Britain heads to the beach

6 April 2015 9:27

The three main parties are having a fight about tax today. It’s the day the rise in the personal allowance…

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Were the Tories’ dodgy figures designed to provoke Labour into making a statement?

30 March 2015 18:28

Why are the Tories peddling what the independent Institute for Fiscal Studies has described as ‘at best unhelpful’, which is…

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Is it really surprising that people think Ed Miliband is more of a toff than David Cameron?

25 March 2015 15:55

The most remarkable poll of the week was the one which suggested the British public find Ed Miliband more of…

Margaret Hodge at the Debrett's 500 party in January 2015. The event was sponsored by HSBC (Photo: David M. Benett/Getty)

Who on earth does Margaret Hodge think she is?

10 March 2015 15:23

Most people, when they hear the word populist, will think of Marine Le Pen going mad about Muslim immigrants or…

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Labour tries to resuscitate tax row

17 February 2015 15:12

Presumably as a way of getting out of an endless debate about receipts, Ed Balls has issued a letter with…

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Watch: Ed Miliband mucks up his lines

16 February 2015 17:47

Ed Miliband appears to have found some safe ground for his party this week, attacking the Tories whenever he can…

Labour Party Leader Ed Miliband Speaks At The Scottish Labour conference

The danger for Miliband in his tax triumph

15 February 2015 12:04

Last week was Labour’s best of the campaign so far and the Tories’ worst. The row over tax avoidance and…