Tax cuts

Election podcast special: eight days to go

29 April 2015 12:43

In today’s election podcast special, Fraser Nelson, James Forsyth and I discuss David Cameron’s ‘tax lock’ pledge, Ed Miliband’s promise on tax credits…

Campaign kick-off: eight days to go

29 April 2015 9:13

There will be more promises from the party leaders today — plus a comedic twist. David Cameron will pledge a…

How Cameron’s jobs miracle ate his immigration target

26 February 2015 13:06

The embarrassing truth is that David Cameron did not think carefully about this pledge to take net immigration into the…

Ruth Davidson’s Blue-collar Conservatism subtly rebukes David Cameron

20 February 2015 18:49

Today’s Scottish Conservative conference in Edinburgh proved unexpectedly interesting. No, really. Or, rather, yes, really. Or whatever. David Cameron spoke,…

How to conjure up a £3,800 tax cut

30 October 2014 8:06

It’s great to read David Cameron’s article in The Times today making the moral case for tax cuts. It’s tough…

‘Unfunded tax cuts’: a verbal disease from America

7 October 2014 19:54

The notion of ‘unfunded tax cuts’ seems set to be a central theme in next year’s election. David Cameron’s promise last week to raise…

People trust the Tories with their money – that’s why they can promise unfunded tax cuts

3 October 2014 11:06

Does it matter that the Tories can’t spell out how they’d fund the tax cuts they announced at their party…

The British jobs miracle, in six graphs.

13 June 2014 14:20

No one quite expected it, and even now ministers struggle to explain it. But the British jobs miracle has become…

Tax Freedom Day is a reminder of the choice in 2015: high tax Labour, low tax Conservatives

28 May 2014 14:02

Tax Freedom Day, which falls today, is cause for celebration. It marks the point in the calendar when someone’s income…

Why not fine those who waste the NHS’s resources?

1 April 2014 16:07

What do I want from the budget, I was asked. So I had a think. One plea was for no…

The Budget must address the cost of living – especially for the young

17 March 2014 11:40

Transport It is ruinous travelling by train these days. Have you tried it? My advice: don’t. Aside from re-nationalising the…

David Cameron dodges questions on pensioner benefits

5 January 2014 18:59

One of the most significant things about David Cameron’s Sunday Times interview today was something he didn’t say. The Prime…

How corporation tax cuts are helping wages

6 December 2013 17:07

Yesterday’s autumn statement included the results of the Treasury’s study of the dynamic impacts of the cuts to Corporation Tax,…

Free Enterprise Group tells George Osborne: ‘Don’t play safe’

18 November 2013 16:50

The Chancellor’s Autumn Statement is looming on the horizon, and the Free Enterprise Group, the loose alliance of backbench Tory…

Two cheers for Nick Clegg’s tax cuts

16 November 2013 23:30

It’s tempting to see Nick Clegg as a champion of lower taxes. He’s nudged the tax threshold up over this…

Finally, a tax cut that Kevin Maguire supports

15 November 2013 17:52

Last night’s Public Affairs News awards in Whitehall was, as usual, an orgy of back-slapping and smooching for the lobbying industry. Mr…

Opponents of marriage tax breaks need to ‘check their privilege’

2 October 2013 12:47

What with the flap about Ed Miliband’s dad, the legion of the outraged have forgotten what they were planning to…

The Tories steal the Lib Dems’ best clothes with new poster

5 April 2013 13:35

This poster will, I am sure, have the Lib Dems hopping about with fury. The Tories have hi-jacked a key…

Last call for Starbucks. Your flight is about to depart

27 January 2013 14:11

A friend of mine who has worked in the City all his life, and is by no means a leftist, can…

George Osborne, balancing the budget on the backs of the rich

20 November 2012 12:36

George Osborne has a dilemma to answer in his autumn statement (which must be finalised by 28 November, when it…

The coalition’s new idea for more debt

28 May 2012 9:15

How best to help British business? More debt, of course — varieties of this answer come time and time again…

No time to tinker

18 May 2012 17:17

Next week, the Institute of Directors and the Taxpayers’ Alliance will release what I humbly suggest will be the most…

Cameron on the defensive

29 April 2012 10:31

‘As things stand, I don’t believe Jeremy Hunt broke the ministerial code,’ said David Cameron to Andrew Marr earlier this…

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…

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…