Tax cuts

Balls’ new rules

26 September 2011 7:09

It’s Ed Balls’ speech today, and he’s cleared it with Ed Miliband – a courtesy that Gordon Brown never extended…

Read my lips: no new tax cuts

24 September 2011 9:39

There are still rumours in Westminster that David Cameron will cut taxes to stimulate the economy, but the speech he…

JFK: a tax-cutting headbanger

19 September 2011 16:15

Given that Vince Cable was once a lecturer in economics, it’s odd to see him feign ignorance over its basic concepts.…

The real 50p split

18 September 2011 14:33

Nick Clegg’s interview on Andrew Marr this morning subtly shifted the Lib Dem position on the 50p tax rate. When…

Laws and Hughes spar as Danny and Vince tease the hall

18 September 2011 9:48

The two conflicting wings of the Liberal Democrats are perhaps embodied by Simon Hughes and David Laws. Their political and…

Clegg biography claims the Lib Dems want a new coalition agreement

17 September 2011 0:22

Lib Dem conference this year brings with it the serialisation of Jasper Gerard’s biography of Nick Clegg. The focus will…

Clegg sounds a dire warning on the economy

14 September 2011 11:41

Nick Clegg gave a speech on the economy earlier this morning. As Tim Montgomerie notes, Clegg came close to admitting…

Huhne ramps up the rhetoric on 50p

11 September 2011 10:42

Chris Huhne’s comments to Prospect magazine about the 50p tax rate are typically provocative. The millionaire, former City boy accuses…

Obama’s plan B: tax cuts

9 September 2011 15:25

Washington, DC The clue is in the name. A stimulus is supposed to stimulate, and Obama’s first attempt stimulated nothing…

A growing argument about the 50p rate

7 September 2011 8:51

With the Eurozone and American economies both at risk of a double dip recession, how to get the British economy…

Osborne’s crusade

28 August 2011 9:59

‘Tax evasion is morally repugnant. It’s stealing from law-abiding people who face higher taxes to make good the lost revenue.…

Government expected to renew growth strategy

16 August 2011 17:31

The word flying around Westminster this evening is that the government is going to announce a fresh package to stimulate…

Pressure at the pumps

14 June 2011 18:00

Away from the clamour in the chamber over the bowdlerisation of the NHS reforms, a group of MPs led by…

Lawson: don’t do it George

26 March 2011 14:29

Lord Lawson has given George Osborne’s Budget an A-minus. Writing in today’s Times (£), the former chancellor said that his…

Merging Income Tax and National Insurance Contributions – Simples?

24 March 2011 12:38

“I am announcing today that the Government will consult on merging the operation of National Insurance and Income Tax.” The…

Laws gives another signal on 50p

24 March 2011 10:57

Usually, the task of David Laws Watch is to judge just how close the former minister is to a return…

Osborne’s 50p question

23 March 2011 19:28

If I was a betting man, I’d fancy wagering that if the economy is growing at a decent clip again…

Osborne the Reformer is an unfinished work

23 March 2011 18:14

One interesting aspect of today’s Budget is the government’s change of tack on personal allowances. Back in June 2010, when…

The levers that Osborne might pull

23 March 2011 10:57

Cutting taxes for the low-paid is the most useful thing Osborne can do in what will, I suspect, be a…

Here’s how Osborne should reduce the tax gap

21 March 2011 19:02

Some commentators have argued that the right way to reduce the deficit is to take on large scale tax avoidance…