Tax cuts

Darling’s Budget preview emphasises private sector-driven growth

23 March 2010 18:52

Exactly what you want at the end of the working day: Alistair Darling’s video preview of the Budget.  I’ve watched…

The Tories should ignore Byrne’s tax fantasy

12 March 2010 18:01

Liam Byrne told The Daily Politics yesterday that Labour would reduce the deficit without raising additional taxation to that which…

Uptown girl

11 March 2010 16:39

David Cameron warns the nation to “get ready” for Samantha, who will be interviewed by Sir Trevor Macdonald on Sunday.…

Clegg: Heir to Thatcher?

10 March 2010 15:20

Nick Clegg has a blue rose in his mouth in tomorrow’s Spectator, serenading readers – and showing his hidden Tory…

The Tories need to hammer home that tax cuts will stimulate growth

27 February 2010 11:08

George Osborne saved the 2007 Tory conference with a tax cut. He’s recalling that mood today, elaborating on the plans…

Clegg has one great policy but he doesn’t know how to sell it

17 January 2010 11:36

Nick Clegg has one policy that he should be talking about at every opportunity, his plan to make everyone’s first…

Tax cuts are a better form of stimulus than more spending

16 December 2009 12:44

Greg Mankiw is one of the best academic economists out there and having been chairman of the Council of Economic…

The Laffer Curve & Its Reverse

10 December 2009 16:57

Danny Finkelstein makes an obvious, if oft-ignored or forgotten, point and does so with his customary elegance: This idea of…

A tax Blitz that reveals Labour’s mistakes in full

6 December 2009 15:05

The rumour mill is pulling 24/7 shifts. In recent days, newspapers and newswires have turned into gossip columns devoted exclusively…

The correct decision but a tactical blunder

5 December 2009 14:45

The Telegraph reports that Alistair Darling will allow married couples to continue to pool their inheritance tax allowances. Downing Street…

The Tories, money and inheritance tax

3 December 2009 18:18

Key to Labour’s emerging strategy is promulgating the myth that raising the inheritance tax threshold is designed to protect the…

Love and marriage

1 December 2009 18:29

It’s all a bit of a puzzle. How will David Cameron incentivise marriage? In an interview with the Mail, Cameron…

Tory corporation tax plans become clearer

30 November 2009 13:43

During the Tory party conference, I wrote about how the Tories were developing plans to radically cut corporation tax. In…

Will Darling’s politicking make the Tories weaken their IHT pledge?

30 November 2009 10:55

Ok, so the Age of Austerity means that promises made in sunnier times will need to be forestalled – or…

Cameron’s licence fee cut – and how he’ll pay for it

14 November 2009 22:56

All hail, Jeremy Hunt, the axe man. Cameron’s first tax cut will be a licence fee cut* – and Hunt…

One in five children live in jobless households

3 November 2009 11:31

The Guardian reports this morning that, “One in five – two million – British children now live in households where…

The case for cutting middle class benefits

22 October 2009 9:07

Great work by my former colleagues at the think tank Reform today. In their latest report, they’ve figured out that…

The Tories’ Laffer-style radicalism

16 October 2009 14:18

In contrast to David Brooks’ optimism about Conservative economic policy, is Oliver Marc Harwich, former Chief Economist at Policy Exchange,…

We have a tax cut

5 October 2009 16:00

George Osborne has just announced a tax cut. Any new business started in the first two years of a Tory…