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Defence Secretary Liam Fox Facing Inquiry Into Ministerial Conduct

Liam Fox shows David Cameron how to lead the Tories to a historic defeat

11 March 2013 15:27

I think it is fair to say that Dr Liam Fox has never been one of David Cameron’s chief chums. The former Defence Secretary has, as Paul Goodman notes, been… Continue reading

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Lib Dems to hold mansion tax vote strategy meeting

9 March 2013 10:44

Will the Lib Dems support Labour’s mansion tax vote? Vince Cable praised his pet policy idea last night, telling Lib Dem activists that it was an effective way of the… Continue reading

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Chancellor Of The Exchequer George Osborne Visits Riverlight Development

Revolting, Panic-Stricken Tories are doing Ed Miliband's job for him

5 March 2013 13:24

Panic, once let loose, is hard to corral. And there seems to be plenty of panic on the Tory benches at Westminster. The Eastleigh by-election result, the stagnant economy and… Continue reading

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The Adam Smith Institute predicted that if Vince Cable got his way and capital gains tax rates were increased to match income tax rates, the Treasury would not make anything out of it. Picture: Getty

The government must cut or even scrap capital gains tax

26 February 2013 18:42

When economists get things wrong– something rather easy, given the nature of their subject – they should admit that they got them wrong. Well, the Adam Smith Institute got it… Continue reading

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Tinkering with tax isn’t enough

22 February 2013 15:04

Should the 10p tax rate be brought back? Should the top rate be higher, or lower? Can the personal allowance be raised further? Is a mansion tax a good idea?… Continue reading

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Big Brother cash machine campaign costs nearly £100k

22 February 2013 11:00

Remember those menacing HMRC eyes that Fraser found staring out at him from a cashpoint last month? Well, it turns out they’re a pretty expensive pair of eyes. A Freedom… Continue reading

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George Osborne needs to deliver serious tax reform

21 February 2013 16:01

‘Isn’t there a case for looking at the whole system at some point?’ whispered Isabel on Tuesday when MPs criticised the taxman again. Well, yes, there is. Last May, the… Continue reading

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Lib Dems get worked up about a vote that doesn’t matter

20 February 2013 9:01

It seems I rather underestimated Labour when I said their forthcoming Opposition Day vote on the mansion tax would be boring and unlikely to attract any Lib Dem support. The… Continue reading

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Jimmy Carr, another figure to face public wrath over his tax affairs, at a launch in a Starbucks in 2012. Picture: Getty

On tax policy, to govern is to maintain the status quo

19 February 2013 8:58

To govern is to choose, wise people like to say when talking about policies which annoy voters but which might make good sense. Today we have another example of what… Continue reading

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British Finance Minister George Osborne

Mr Micawber Goes to the Treasury

18 February 2013 12:52

John Rentoul draws attention to a new ComRes poll that goes some way towards explaining George Osborne’s predicament when it comes to managing government finances. Put simply, the public is… Continue reading

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The taxing question Labour can’t answer

17 February 2013 13:13

The details of Labour’s mansion tax proposal remain, to put it politely, sketchy. Here’s the exchange between Andrew Neil and Sadiq Khan on the Sunday Politics on how Labour would… Continue reading

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Ed Miliband has announced he's going to force a Commons vote on the mansion tax. Picture: Getty

Labour’s mansion tax debate won’t be a crunch vote (or very interesting)

16 February 2013 10:59

So Labour is going to force a vote in the House of Commons on the mansion tax. It’s the key announcement trailed as part of Ed Miliband’s visit to Eastleigh… Continue reading

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The Number 10 press machine doesn't normally make official pronouncements on speeches by Ed Miliband. Picture: Getty

No 10 attacks Miliband’s ‘admission of economic incompetence’

14 February 2013 13:18

Here’s an interesting thing: Number 10 has released a statement on Ed Miliband’s 10p tax rate pledge. The Downing Street press machine hasn’t been in the habit of doing this… Continue reading

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Ed Miliband pledged to restore the 10p tax band. Picture: Carla Millar

Labour’s Valentine’s policy gimmick

14 February 2013 13:07

At long last, Ed Miliband delivered us a Valentine’s Day present that everyone in the political world has been waiting for: a new policy! And a tax policy at that!… Continue reading

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Ed Miliband today pledged to restore the 10p tax band scrapped by Gordon Brown. Picture: Getty

Ed Miliband’s bold redistributive rebuke to Brown

14 February 2013 12:26

Those close to Ed Miliband stress that if elected, Labour will introduce a mansion tax to pay for the return of a 10p tax rate. I’m told that ‘short of… Continue reading

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Miliband steals a march on Tory tax campaign

14 February 2013 11:12

Ed Miliband has just started his economy speech in Bedford, so as he gets underway, here’s a quick thought on his plan to reintroduce the 10p tax band. Doing this… Continue reading

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Tax avoidance needs to stop – and companies themselves must lead the way

11 February 2013 17:48

Tax avoidance on an industrial scale in a country where almost half of children are malnourished and their families live on less than $2 a day? When I read the… Continue reading

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Nick Clegg and his wife Miriam might not be bothered by a tax break for married couples, but there are plenty of people who would benefit from it. Picture: Getty

Nick Clegg forgets that many married couples struggle to pay their way

1 February 2013 16:15

The disadvantage of live phone-in radio programmes is precisely that you don’t get to weigh your words. No doubt Nick Clegg would have expressed himself a bit differently on the… Continue reading

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Google Chief Executive Eric Schmidt sits on the government's Business Advisory Group. Picture: Getty

George Osborne urged to drop Google boss as business adviser

29 January 2013 22:29

Starbucks had a go at David Cameron on Sunday for his ‘cheap shots’ at the coffee chain’s tax arrangements in the UK. The company felt it was being unfairly singled… Continue reading

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Gordon Brown scrapped the 10p band in 2008: Robert Halfon wants to restore it. Picture: Getty

Restoring the 10p tax rate would be fair and simple

22 January 2013 11:30

MPs will today debate taxes and the living wage – in particular, my campaign to restore the 10p rate of income tax. For Conservatives, a ‘starter’ rate of 10p would help… Continue reading

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An Amazon warehouse. MP Jim Sheridan is asking the government to reveal how many contracts have been awarded to the company, and others, by government departments. Picture: Getty

101 questions about tax

17 January 2013 14:25

As well as confusing Hansard with talk of ‘big fairies’, Labour’s Jim Sheridan has no fewer than 101 written questions for answer today on how many contracts a number of… Continue reading

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No Country for Green Men - Spectator Blogs

16 January 2013 10:50

This week’s Think Scotland column takes a gander, just for once, at the Scottish Green party. Patrick Harvie’s party is in favour of Scottish independence for reasons that, frankly, seem… Continue reading

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Ed Miliband welcomed François Hollande with open arms when he visited London in February. Picture: Getty

François Hollande: Ed Miliband’s embarrassing friend

31 December 2012 16:34

Time was when Ed Miliband had plenty to say about François Hollande. When the new French President celebrated his victory in May, the Labour leader praised Hollande for his ‘determination… Continue reading

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Tim Loughton on a visit as Children's Minister. Picture: Getty

Tim Loughton attacks coalition’s failure to support married couples

10 December 2012 9:39

Tim Loughton was one of the surprise sackings in September’s reshuffle: he was an able minister who knew his portfolio very well indeed. He’s evidently reluctant to let that ability… Continue reading

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UK Uncut protesters outside a Starbucks in central London today. Picture: Getty

Starbucks protests: We need political power to reform the tax system

8 December 2012 16:56

UK Uncut is holding its day of action against Starbucks today, with more than 40 demonstrations across the country in the chain’s coffee shops. The group’s sit-ins aim to highlight… Continue reading

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