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George Osborne

Treasury: We did not leak the Budget

31 August 2012 17:26

It’s easy to forget that the Budget took place five long months ago when it is still being unpicked and argued over now. The Treasury Select Committee published the  responses… Continue reading

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Nick Clegg announced a proposal for a 'wealth tax' today in an interview with the Guardian. Picture: Getty.

Would a wealth tax work?

29 August 2012 11:03

Roll up, roll up! The biannual Lib Dem half-baked tax policy circus is in town! Last time, the so-called ‘mansion tax’ show never lived up to its billing, as ringleader… Continue reading

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Nick Clegg's interview with the Guardian tells us more about what the Lib Dem conference will be like than the direction of coalition fiscal policy. Picture: Getty.

Nick Clegg’s pre-conference salvo

29 August 2012 9:23

This year more than ever, Nick Clegg is looking around for a policy to ensure he does not, to quote Nye Bevan, go naked into the conference hall when his… Continue reading

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Usain Bolt, tax campaigner

14 August 2012 17:26

Living legend Usain Bolt is an unlikely mascot for those who campaign for reform of our tax system, but by confirming that he will continue to avoid competitions in the… Continue reading

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David Gauk

Back to tax basics

24 July 2012 17:15

David Gauke was only elected in 2005, but it’s impossible that he can’t remember the Back to Basics campaign, and how well that moral campaign worked out for the Conservative… Continue reading

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Jimmy’s “Scam”

19 June 2012 12:00

Satirists are like pop stars in two respects. They earn extraordinary amounts of money, and the public assumes that they are left wing. You do not need to be a… Continue reading

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How did it all get so complicated?

30 May 2012 12:03

Further to Pete’s blog on the new rules about pasties and VAT, the below graphic from today’s City AM sums it up perfectly. It does, of course, make the case… Continue reading

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So let’s get this straight…

29 May 2012 13:45

After today’s VAT changes: a) If you walked into a pasty shop and bought a pasty that has been kept hot in a cabinet (or in foil, or on a… Continue reading

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The coalition rows back on the Budget’s VAT changes

28 May 2012 21:20

No government likes to u-turn, and particularly not on a Budget measure. So, tonight’s changes to the VAT regime proposed by the Budget for Cornish pasties and static caravans are… Continue reading

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There are economic reasons to cut the state, irrespective of the deficit

25 May 2012 13:24

Treasury Select Committee Chairman Andrew Tyrie recently explained he would support cutting back the size of the state even if our public finances were in balance. I doubt whether the… Continue reading

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Transcript: Nick Clegg on the budget and the local elections

18 April 2012 12:48

Here’s the full transcript of this morning’s Today programme interview with Nick Clegg: James Naughtie: Coalition government involves some pretty hard bargaining, some difficult compromises for both parties. You might… Continue reading

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Anders Borg: Europe’s best finance minister

17 April 2012 11:15

In the current issue of The Spectator I interview Sweden’s Anders Borg, perhaps the most successful conservative finance minister in the world — both in his economic track record, and… Continue reading

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America’s version of the ‘tax the rich’ debate

17 April 2012 9:27

While the battle continues to rage over the government’s plan to cap tax relief, on the other side of the Atlantic the US bill that inspired it has been killed.… Continue reading

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How Mitt Romney inspired the British charity tax debacle

13 April 2012 14:55

How is Mitt Romney linked to the charity tax debacle? I thought I’d pass on to CoffeeHousers an explanation which passed on to me about the origins of this latest… Continue reading

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Another case of Big Government trumping the Big Society

13 April 2012 8:51

Exactly two years ago today, David Cameron launched the Conservative Manifesto — one of those rare moments in the Tory campaign where it all seemed to make sense. Cameron begged… Continue reading

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Want to know what tax transparency looks like? Look at Norway

12 April 2012 15:12

If you take George Osborne’s plan for tax transparency to its natural conclusion, where do you end up? The answer is Norway, where details of every taxpayer’s annual income, wealth… Continue reading

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Hints of a U-turn on the ‘charity tax’

12 April 2012 11:41

The pressure is ramping up on the government to reverse its decision to cap tax reliefs on charitable donations. The Times is against it — their leader this morning calls… Continue reading

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Osborne’s tax avoidance clampdown

10 April 2012 9:40

So, George Osborne has taken a look at the tax arrangements of some of the UK’s wealthiest people. And his reaction? ‘Shocked’, apparently — or so he’s told the Telegraph:… Continue reading

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Has Osborne fully considered his transparency promise?

7 April 2012 17:02

Will Osborne come to regret his new-found transparency zeal? This week’s saga from the London Mayoral candidates highlights how financial disclosures can not be all they seem. For Osborne to… Continue reading

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The implications of today’s tax releases

5 April 2012 16:34

I suspect that three important consequences will flow from the release today of the London mayoral candidates tax returns. First, voters will see that Boris Johnson’s rage at Ken Livingstone… Continue reading

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Transcript: Balls vs Alexander on tax credits

5 April 2012 15:06

On the Today programme this morning, Ed Balls aired his criticisms of the government’s tax credit changes — which come in tomorrow. He was followed by Danny Alexander, who emphasised… Continue reading

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How much tax do the mayoral candidates pay?

5 April 2012 14:06

So, Ken has now released his tax details. He hasn’t gone as far as Lib Dem candidate Brian Paddick, who’s published his full tax returns for the past three years.… Continue reading

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Is Ken done for?

5 April 2012 12:34

Last night, during their television debate, all four London Mayoral candidates declared they would fully disclose their tax returns. This morning, Boris, Brian Paddick and Jenny Jones have duly done… Continue reading

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Balls goes on the attack over tax credits

5 April 2012 9:49

After all the commotion about various policies in last month’s Budget, the focus this morning has shifted to measures announced back in 2010. Why? Because they take effect tomorrow. So… Continue reading

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The politics of pasties

28 March 2012 18:00

The row over the so-called pasty tax is a proxy. It is really a row about whether David Cameron and George Osborne get what it is like to worry about… Continue reading

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