50% tax rate

Alex Salmond’s taxing realism: Scotland cannot afford socialist dreams

5 March 2014 9:59

Alex Salmond ventured south last night to lecture inform the citizens of what he termed Britain’s ‘Dark Star’ of his latest…

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…

Time for Labour to pay their bill?

27 January 2014 12:08

Restauranteur Richard Caring is leading the charge against Labour for their pledge to reintroduce the 50p tax rate. The billionaire…

Labour and the Conservatives are both wrong about income tax

27 January 2014 10:30

Never interrupt your opponent when he is making a mistake. On the other hand, when your opponent has made a…

Osborne backs minimum wage hike as fundamental to a ‘recovery for all’

16 January 2014 18:46

George Osborne’s decision to back an above inflation increase in the national minimum wage is his most politically significant decision…

Osborne, class and competence

17 June 2012 10:00

The Sunday Mirror and the Independent have jointly commissioned an opinion poll which finds that George Osborne is ‘too posh’…

Sadly, the 47p tax rate is here to stay

8 April 2012 17:47

Nothing is more permanent than a ‘temporary’ government tax, as George Osborne is reminding us. When Alistair Darling proposed a…

Osborne opens the door to dynamic costings

27 March 2012 17:34

George Osborne’s announcement that the Treasury is going to start looking at the dynamic effect of tax changes is significant.…

Transparency, not state funding

25 March 2012 18:02

Cutting the 50p rate was economically the right thing to do, but the politics of it are hugely complicated. The…

Spending will become more significant as 2015 approaches

24 March 2012 12:47

Four days after George Osborne signed its death warrant, there is still life in the 50p rate yet. The two…

What did the public make of the Budget?

23 March 2012 13:11

After weeks of hearing what people think about the policies that Osborne might’ve adopted, we now have the first evidence…

The IFS gives its Budget verdict

22 March 2012 16:15

The Institute for Fiscal Studies’ briefing is always a good place to pick up a few interesting nuggets of detail…

Transcript: Osborne defends his Budget

22 March 2012 13:09

Here’s the full transcript of this morning’s Today programmeinterview with George Osborne: Evan Davis: If you believe in using the…

Osborne hopes business will see past the bad headlines

22 March 2012 9:37

Today’s front pages concentrate on the so-called ‘granny tax’, the surprise of the Budget. But the real test of this…

Balls goes on the attack against 45p

21 March 2012 17:35

Ed Balls committed Labour to voting against the reduction in the 50p rate at his post-Budget briefing. But he wouldn’t…

Behind Osborne’s 50p tax change

21 March 2012 16:13

How significant was this Budget? On an economic level, not very. There’s no discernible impact on growth: all of the…

Twelve points about the Budget

21 March 2012 15:19

There’s much to applaud in this budget, but as ever we in Coffee House are focusing on things jumping out…

A fistful of questions on Budget morning

21 March 2012 8:36

Thanks to Budget purdah, we’re all in the dark about what will be in George Osborne’s Red Book today. Oh,…

Why Labour’s 50p tax wobble is dangerous for Ed Miliband

20 March 2012 15:59

Why did Gordon Brown wait until the last few weeks of Labour’s thirteen-year reign to implement a 50p tax rate?…

Support for scrapping the 50p rate grows, but why?

19 March 2012 16:14

Will Wednesday’s Budget herald the end of the 50p tax rate? It’s looking increasingly likely, with today’s Telegraph claiming that…