Tax rises

Campaign kick-off: eight days to go

29 April 2015 9:13

There will be more promises from the party leaders today — plus a comedic twist. David Cameron will pledge a…

Danny Alexander's call for the abolition of higher-rate relief on pension contributions has received the backing of the Centre for Policy Studies. Picture: Getty

Danny Alexander indicates that the Lib Dems wants £5 billion in tax rises

6 October 2014 20:37

In a sign of his enhanced status in the party, Danny Alexander has been one of the main attractions on…

PMQs: David Cameron jumps on Harriet Harman’s ‘tax bombshell’

16 July 2014 13:42

David Cameron cut his political teeth on the 1992 election campaign. He has long told colleagues that he think 2015…

Tax Freedom Day is a reminder of the choice in 2015: high tax Labour, low tax Conservatives

28 May 2014 14:02

Tax Freedom Day, which falls today, is cause for celebration. It marks the point in the calendar when someone’s income…

How Britain is using spin to con the bond markets

15 May 2012 13:42

Austerity, austerity, austerity. The A-word is cropping up everywhere at the moment, whether in France or Greece or Germany. And…

Osborne’s carbon conceits

3 October 2011 15:33

George Osborne told a Conservative Party increasingly wary of expensive climate policies that Britain needs to “cut [its] carbon emissions…

The green threat to growth

26 September 2011 16:03

Luciana Berger is a frequent speaker at this year’s conference and her creed is simple: tax energy use to tackle…

Obama’s new best buddy – Warren Buffett

24 September 2011 16:00

The politics of ‘get the rich’ is going global and even the rich are joining in. While few countries have…

Huhne, the Lib Dems’ black comedian

20 September 2011 14:22

Today we got the black comedy follow up to Sarah Teather’s stand-up routine.  Chris Huhne is going to drive down…

A report to worry the two Eds?

14 September 2011 0:15

The Institute for Fiscal Studies enjoys quasi-divine status in Westminster: chancellors and their shadows bother it for its blessing, and…

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…

More banking worries

2 September 2011 14:16

George Osborne wrote a strident article for the Observer last weekend, in which he called rich tax evaders “leeches”. As James…

Treasury agrees Swiss bank tax

25 August 2011 9:11

First came the Germans and then came the Brits. The UK Treasury has secured an agreement with authorities in Zurich…

Cable accentuates the coalition’s differences, but not without risk

4 August 2011 11:24

The Liberal Democrats are in something of a purple patch at the moment, dominating aspects of government policy in the…

Huhne pooh-poohs rising energy bills as ‘nonsense’

10 July 2011 15:04

Chris Huhne was on the Andrew Marr show this morning. As you might expect on a day when the Sunday…

The trouble with today’s social care report

4 July 2011 9:04

Uncertainty reigns. Or at least when it comes to today’s Dilnot Report into social care it does. We largely know…

The growing need for a policy response to the ‘new inflation’

31 May 2011 18:22

There’s been much debate on these pages about the political implications of higher inflation. Ironically, this morning’s news of record…

Obama’s budget: faster, but not further, than Osborne’s

20 April 2011 17:59

Barack Obama’s budget plan has become a political debating point on this side of the Atlantic. Ed Balls set the…

Labour are drawing the wrong lessons from America

20 April 2011 9:29

The global debate about how we live within our means is moving fast. I spent a week in Washington while…

Pickles takes it to the Lib Dems

14 April 2011 12:17

Vince Cable’s remarkable criticisms of David Cameron’s speech on immigration are dominating the news. But in the papers today there’s…