Tax cuts

Robin Hood and the Laffer Curve

17 May 2010 21:12

I’ve been assuming that Ridley Scott’s interpretation of the Robin Hood saga must be terrible. After all, it’s nearly a…

Cameron’s tactical dilemma

29 April 2010 18:04

One thing to watch tonight is David Cameron’s strategy for dealing with Nick Clegg’s plan to take peoples’ first ten…

Cable catches a broadside

21 April 2010 15:12

What is the difference between ‘an alternative’ and ‘an addition’? It is on this question that the Liberal Democrat manifesto…

The future might be yellow

14 April 2010 12:31

The Liberal Democrats are doing well. Very well. More voters seem actively to want a hung parliament – they neither…

Counting the cost of Labour’s national insurance hike

13 April 2010 18:53

Insightful work from the FT’s Chris Giles, who has dug out a couple of academic articles – including one co-authored,…

Cameron is Mr Reasonable on Today

9 April 2010 9:06

Another day, another party leader on the Today Programme.  This time it was David Cameron, and his interrogator was Evan…

Your guide to Labour’s latest attack

8 April 2010 15:21

So much for the positive vision.  Labour have spent most of the day attacking the Tories and their national insurance…

Civil service discussing Tory efficiency savings

8 April 2010 12:22

Laura Kuenssberg of the BBC is reporting that senior civil servants met this morning to discuss how they would implement…

Labour firing blanks

8 April 2010 11:12

Labour’s press conference this morning was a classic example of a party struggling to both have its cake and eat…

Is this how Brown hopes to defuse the Tories’ national insurance cut?

7 April 2010 18:01

Well, the manifesto pledges sure are spilling out of Brown today.  After his proposals for cleaning up politics earlier, he’s…

The true cost of Brown’s debt binge

5 April 2010 14:37

When Alistair Daring admitted last week that there would indeed be job losses arising from the proposed National Insurance hike,…

Brown helps Cameron to define his Big Idea

5 April 2010 9:02

Gordon Brown has walked straight into George Osborne’s trap. After bleating that the national insurance tax cut is unaffordable, he…

Two steps forward for the Tories, one step backwards for the Lib Dems

4 April 2010 16:42

Last week, the Tories strengthened their tax-cutting credentials with a smart policy on national insurance.  I’m sure you didn’t miss…

The Tories’ campaign is sharpening up

1 April 2010 14:48

As declaration day (the rather pompus name that news organisations have come up with for the moment when Gordon Brown…

A morning of to-and-fro

1 April 2010 11:44

Who’s in the ascendant this morning? As Pete noted earlier, David Cameron’s barnstorming morning stalled on the Today programme when…

Brown and Cameron’s Commons clash serves as the warm-up for tonight’s debate

29 March 2010 17:56

Gordon Brown and David Cameron have just been facing each other in the Commons chamber. Brown was notionally reporting back…

The Tories have a clear message on taxation

29 March 2010 13:02

The Tories now have a clear message on personal taxation, ‘you’ll pay less under the Conservatives.’ Their announcement today that…

Back to his Tory best

29 March 2010 10:04

George Osborne has just set the scene for tonight’s Chancellors’ debate by announcing something neither Darling or Cable will be…

Confirmed: Tories to "block" Labour’s planned national insurance hike 

28 March 2010 22:44

We’ll have more details tomorrow but, for now, Tim Montgomerie has the lowdown.  As I said a few days ago,…

A glass of clear, blue water?

25 March 2010 12:05

One of the most eye-catching stories this morning comes courtesy of ConservativeHome: “As part of the pre-election package, ConservativeHome expects…