Tax cuts

Why Osborne is so interested in merging income tax and National Insurance

20 March 2011 14:17

When trying to understand George Osborne Budgets, you need to bear in mind the mantra that he and his team…

George Osborne’s Budget magic trick

20 March 2011 10:09

Spare a thought for George Osborne and Danny Alexander. They had their own budgetary magic show planned for Wednesday, and were…

High tax Britain

10 March 2011 9:24

The government says that the forthcoming budget is going to be all about growth. And rightly so: the economy is…

Fuel for the fire

4 March 2011 14:40

On any normal day, a missive from Tim Farron to George Osborne – urging him to axe the planned rise…

Sharing the burden will enable tax cuts in the future

24 February 2011 17:48

The elderly have been sheltered from cuts, so far at least. New research from the IEA suggests that the government…

Going for growth

23 February 2011 11:23

The government says it has a growth strategy. Speaking to the Confederation of British Industry’s annual conference last October, the…

The 50p tax in action

22 February 2011 15:20

Today, we have seen the 50p tax in action: reflected in January’s bumper tax receipts. A jubilant John Rentoul has…

Clegg sets his alarm clock

10 January 2011 13:31

My prediction for this week: we’re going to see a whole lot of defiant frontage from Nick Clegg. The last…

The Big Squeeze

26 November 2010 18:36

The media pack is often blind to an impending political car-crash.  For instance, very few in Westminster, or the media,…

Abolish National Insurance Contributions

26 November 2010 10:31

Government plans for a universal state pension of £140 per week were reported in the media in late October. We…

A harmful double standard

1 November 2010 16:18

Professor David Nutt, the former Chief Drugs Adviser to the Government, has sparked controversy again today by pronouncing that alcohol…

Reading between Laws’ lines

25 October 2010 17:29

In The Guardian today, David Laws argues for increasing funding for the pupil premium to £5 billion in the next…

Cameron’s morals

23 October 2010 10:51

By his own admission, to today’s Mail, David Cameron is not afraid of unpopularity. On hearing this, a few quizzical grins may…

Taxing issues

4 October 2010 19:47

Today was a reminder of the tax change that would give Tory re-election chances a massive boost, raising the threshold…

Why Cameron’s conference speech is vital

1 October 2010 15:32

Forget Ed Miliband’s promise of ‘optimism’ – a mantra that became so repetitive it had me reaching for the Scotch…

Cameron needs to show that life is better under the Conservatives

1 October 2010 8:58

The election of a new Labour leader means that proper politics has resumed. David Cameron now knows who he needs…

Low taxes work

23 September 2010 15:22

I ration my writing about Sweden. As CoffeeHousers know, I can extol its virtues with room-emptying conviction. But it’s now…

No tax cuts in England’s green and pleasant land

29 August 2010 11:33

Danny Alexander has told the Observer that substantial tax cuts are highly unlikely for five years. Alexander argues that ‘the…

Meeting the cost of welfare reform

22 July 2010 9:00

As far back as last September, Iain Martin wrote that Iain Duncan Smith’s plans to reform the welfare system were…

Osborne makes the "progressive" case

22 June 2010 9:11

During the Brown years it was “stability,” but it looks as though the watchword for Chancellor Osborne’s first Budget will…