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An NHS tax is just another name for a tax rise

17 May 2014 10:51

Finding a way to raise taxes that is popular is, for some on the centre-left, the Holy Grail. As the…

Ed Miliband's Speech To Scottish Labour Party Conference

If Ed Miliband is the Union’s saviour then the Union is doomed

28 April 2014 14:32

With apologies to John Rentoul, Can Ed Miliband save the Union? is a question to which the answer is God help us…

George Osborne needs to develop policies that encourage conservative behaviour - and votes for the Conservatives.

What I want from the Budget: some conservatism

18 March 2014 10:18

Budget day tomorrow, and I’m sure many of you will relish the reminder that you are, in George Osborne’s reported…

Ben Gummer. Picture: PA

How tax transparency can help the Tories

17 March 2014 17:45

George Osborne is as adept as any gamekeeper at setting little traps in every Budget and Autumn Statement for Labour…

This is George Osborne's last chance to secure a legacy as a reforming Chancellor.

This time George, let there be no Budget bodging

17 March 2014 11:53

The first and best thing George Osborne could do is start all over again. Of course he won’t and this…

Alistair Darling Poses Before Leaving To Give His First Budget Speech

George Osborne’s last chance: 40p…or childcare?

14 March 2014 17:27

Next week’s Budget is the last chance for George Osborne to make a ‘game-changing reform’. Backbench Tories have been clamouring…

Ed Balls, having crossed another line at the London Marathon. Image: Getty

What does Ed Balls have against marriage?

14 March 2014 11:07

Ed Balls has announced today that he’d scrap even the tiny tax break that George Osborne is planning to offer…

Alistair Darling Poses Before Leaving To Give His First Budget Speech

Melanie McDonagh: What I’d like to see in the Budget

13 March 2014 14:47

Every year, I sit through the Budget, and every year there are great chunks of it that pass right over…

George Osborne campaigning against Gordon Brown's 'jobs tax' in 2010. Renaming National Insurance the 'Earnings Tax' would make any Labour designs on the payment less politically palatable. Picture: Getty

Tory call to rebrand National Insurance is politically smart

23 February 2014 20:39

The government’s legislative programme is pretty light at present. But the Bill that is going to spark the most interest…

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Why Ed Balls doesn’t care about criticisms of his tax plan

3 February 2014 12:00

There were a million people who voted Labour in the 2005 general election but not in 2010, when the party…

‘Punch and Judy’ returns to PMQs. Image: Getty

Class war at PMQs leaves Labour in better heart

29 January 2014 13:58

It was back to business as usual at PMQs today. Gone was Miliband’s effort to raise the tone, which Cameron…

Global Business Coalition for Education, the charity founded by Sarah Brown, is registered in 'the Cayman Islands of North America'. (LEON NEAL/AFP/GettyImages)

Sarah Brown’s unpatriotic office

28 January 2014 14:24

‘[T]he old tax havens have no place in this new world. We now call on all countries to apply international…

Sir Richard Branson flaps his wings ready to fly away. Image: Getty

What do you think of the EU now, Sir Richard?

14 October 2013 10:55

So goodbye then, Sir Richard Branson. Just one question before you go: will you, from the comfort of your sunny…

Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne Visit Lloyds TSB Bank

How strong can the Tory tax attack be?

29 September 2013 13:21

One of the key dividing lines in 2015 will be over what sort of action each of the parties proposes…

mansion tax

We haven’t heard the last of the mansion tax

28 September 2013 12:52

In Manchester this week, there’ll be much talk from the Tories about how they are gunning for a majority. But…

Prime Minister David Cameron Spends A Holiday In Cornwall With His Family

David Cameron unveils £1,000 marriage tax allowance

27 September 2013 22:00

That the Conservatives were going to announce a marriage tax allowance at their party conference had to be one of…


Lib Dem conference: Nick Clegg narrowly wins 45p/50p tax vote

16 September 2013 18:07

It was so close that they had to count the votes in the conference hall, and even then, the Liberal…

Europe's Oldest Surviving Iron Chain Suspension Bridge Connecting Scotland And England To Be Closed

Two nations, two cultures? Britain is divided by the Trent, not the Tweed.

19 August 2013 13:26

Of the many certainties those Scots in favour of independence hold to be self-evident two in particular stand out. First…

Justin Forsyth and the then International Development Secretary Andrew Mitchell in Somalia in 2011. (Thomas Mukoya/AFP/Getty Images)

Being uncharitable

9 August 2013 14:49

William Shawcross’s comments earlier in the week, following the disclosure that the number of staff at foreign aid charities earning…

Stamp Duty is affecting ordinary house sales in the Midlands and the North, not just the plusher regions of London and the South East.

Stamp Duty is stomping all over Middle England

6 August 2013 13:40

65 per cent of the people buying a home in London in 2012-13 paid the 3 per cent rate of…

David Gauk

Leaked letter shows ministers trying to calm tensions on marriage tax breaks

24 June 2013 12:57

Ministers are clearly mindful of the potential damage that Tim Loughton’s amendment to the Finance Bill calling for tax breaks…

Sir Edward Leigh

Marriage tax break revolt size could hinge on newly-knighted Sir Edward Leigh

21 June 2013 14:02

The 42 ‘Alternative Queen’s Speech’ bills laid by Peter Bone and Philip Hollobone are very useful for the Lib Dems,…

George Osborne and Ed Balls may find it's in their best interests to stay entirely silent on how they'd plug a black hole in the public finances after 2015. Picture: Getty

Mutually assured silence: a cross-party 2015 election strategy

7 June 2013 16:49

The Institute for Fiscal Studies gave one of its cheering presentations today on quite how miserable things are going to…

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The significance of Ed Balls’s speech, and what it means for Ukip

3 June 2013 15:03

Ed Balls’s speech today is significant for two reasons. First, it implied that a Labour government in 2015 would not…

David Cameron with Google boss Eric Schmidt. Picture: Getty

Cameron leaves the goal open for Clegg and Miliband on tax avoidance

22 May 2013 15:35

It’s fashionable to say Downing Street isn’t very good at strategy. So fashionable, in fact, that sometimes journalists worry they’re…