Tax cuts

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…

A plan that could change the face of future Budgets

28 March 2012 13:56

‘I’ve never seen a government document with a Laffer curve in it before’, declared Ed Balls last week. Well it…

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.…

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 man behind the Budget

17 March 2012 15:51

In today’s Telegraph, I profile Rupert Harrison, chief economic adviser to George Osborne and the man who’ll do more than…

Which tax cuts do the public want?

4 March 2012 10:19

YouGov’s new poll for the Sunday Times includes one set of numbers that will be of particular interest to George…

Osborne faces the fire over fuel duty

28 February 2012 9:01

Will fuel ever stop being a cause of political discontent? It was the fuel protests of 2000 that first tarnished…

Which tax cuts would be best for the economy?

24 February 2012 13:58

With all these tax cut suggestions kicking about — and with the British economy desperately in need of some oomph…

The Lib Dems step up their push for £10,000

21 February 2012 17:27

Set your TiVos. At 6.55 tomorrow evening, BBC1 will air the Liberal Democrats’ latest party political broadcast. For those of…

The tax debate at the heart of the Budget

19 February 2012 13:47

The run-up to last year’s Budget was all about fuel duty. This year it’ll be all about direct taxes. The…

Balls the tax-cutter?

19 February 2012 12:46

‘Balls urges tax cuts’, we’re told. Has he had a Damascene moment? Has the borrowed penny dropped? Nope, this is…

How Obama’s new budget fits into the UK debate

14 February 2012 15:08

Yesterday, Barack Obama set out his budget for ‘Fiscal Year 2013’ – that is, for the year beginning October 2012 (in…

Osborne, the caring chancellor

3 October 2011 8:54

George Osborne is pursuing the Tesco strategy: every little helps. In his conference speech today, he will announce that he…

Hague: No deficit funded tax cuts

2 October 2011 10:51

William Hague’s just been on Dermot Murnaghan’s Sky show. They shot the breeze for a bit, gabbing about foreign affairs…

Osborne and tax cuts

1 October 2011 16:29

“Top Conservative despairs of Cameron growth plan,” says The Times’ front page today. While The Daily Telegraph’s reads: “No tax…

New Balls?

26 September 2011 9:10

Given that Ed Balls’ strategy has backfired on his party so far, with Labour ten points behind the Tories on…