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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

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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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

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

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

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 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

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

Ed Miliband has been trying to convince voters that Labour has a better offer to solve their struggles with the cost of living. Picture: Getty

How George Osborne took on Ed Miliband on the cost of living

6 December 2012 18:34

In addition to his effective attack on Labour’s welfare policy, George Osborne used the Autumn Statement to take on Ed Miliband on another key electoral battleground. Over the past few… Continue reading

The IFS says the policies in George Osborne's Autumn Statement will hit the rich and the poor, but make the upper middle better off. Picture: Getty Images

A budget for the squeezed middle

6 December 2012 16:55

Ed Miliband may have coined the term, but it seems George Osborne has the squeezed middle on his mind too. The overall effect of yesterday’s budget* was to take from… Continue reading

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

MPs criticise ‘voluntary’ tax arrangements for Starbucks and other big companies

3 December 2012 9:01

Danny Alexander might be glad that a PR panic before the Public Accounts Committee published its report into HMRC and the ability of multinational companies to avoid paying their share… Continue reading

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Miliband’s false ‘millionaires’ tax cut’ attack

27 November 2012 21:18

Messrs Miliband and Balls performed their pre-autumn statement double act today. If for some inexplicable reason you missed it, the Labour chiefs launched their Q&A with an attack on the government… Continue reading

General Election - Week Two

UKIP is not a libertarian party - Spectator Blogs

27 November 2012 1:11

I’m sure, as James says, that the idea of some kind of Tory-UKIP non-aggression pact will not go away. But that’s because many Tory backbenchers are remarkably stupid. Proponents of… Continue reading

On the right in this picture - Yves Daudigny, the man who proposed the Nutella Tax in France. Image: Getty

Why do-gooding ‘sin taxes’ always stink of politics

24 November 2012 14:30

Nutella may have been created by Italians, but it is the French who really love it. The hazelnut spread is a fantastically popular accompaniment for everything from bread for breakfast… Continue reading

Frankfurt Book Fair - Day 5

Annals of Odd Complaint: Moaning that Google Does Exactly What You Say You Want It To Do - Spectator Blogs

20 November 2012 11:21

Via Tim Worstall, here’s Jeanette Winterson: A fiery Jeanette Winterson has called for the hundreds of millions of pounds of profit which Amazon, Starbucks and Google were last week accused… Continue reading

Lin Homer insisted that HMRC was not giving big business an easy ride.

Headmistress Hodge grills HMRC on tax avoidance

5 November 2012 18:17

Ever since Margaret Hodge took over the chairmanship of the Public Accounts Committee, its evidence sessions have become rather lively: more like a fearsome grilling from the headmistress than a… Continue reading

Vince Cable appears to be lobbying his colleague the Chancellor in public for a mansion tax which George Osborne has already ruled out. Picture: Getty

Vince Cable continues public campaign for a mansion tax

15 October 2012 21:02

Perhaps Vince Cable wasn’t listening to the bit in George Osborne’s speech at the Tory conference last week where the Chancellor ruled out a mansion tax. The Business Secretary has… Continue reading

George Osborne said there would be new taxes on rich people to balance welfare cuts. Picture: Getty

George Osborne: ‘New taxes on rich people’ to accompany welfare cuts

8 October 2012 8:46

Ahead of his conference speech this morning, George Osborne was on the Today Programme. Much of the interview revolved around whether or not the Chancellor would have to abandon his… Continue reading

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Why George Osborne had to kill the mansion tax

7 October 2012 19:02

This morning the Mail on Sunday reported that George Osborne has promised there will be no mansion tax, no wealth tax and the council tax freeze will be extended. Homeowners… Continue reading

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Will the Lib Dems veto welfare cuts?

7 October 2012 13:27

If the Lib Dem conference was all about proalition, the Conservatives seem determined to at least start their conference in a less coalicious frame of mind. This morning Chancellor George… Continue reading

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The dangerous attraction of wealth taxes

28 September 2012 8:58

I’ve written about the deceptive attraction of wealth tax in my Telegraph column today, and I wish I was wasting my time. Once, you could say it was an idea… Continue reading


Mitt Romney's Lose-Lose Tax Problem - Spectator Blogs

22 September 2012 11:04

How rich is Mitt Romney? Wealthy enough to voluntarily pay $250,000 more tax than he needed to last year. That’s the most notable thing about the Romneys’ 2011 tax return… Continue reading

The Scottish Government Publishes Its Draft Budget

John Swinney misses a trick - Spectator Blogs

21 September 2012 2:20

There are days when Scottish independence seems a more than decent idea. Budget day at Holyrood is always one of them. I say budget day but it’s really faux-budget day… Continue reading

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The coalition’s tax trade-off

19 September 2012 10:45

James Kirkup has an intriguing story today about how the Liberal Democrats are prepared to see inheritance tax scrapped, or the threshold raised, in exchange for the introduction of higher… Continue reading