Tax

Another fine mess at HMRC

20 December 2011 11:41

Today’s report by the Public Accounts Committee hasn’t so much been released as detonated onto the Westminster scene. The Exchequer…

200,000 extra working pensioners

18 November 2011 18:08

Despite – or perhaps because of – the recession, pensioner employment has increased dramtically over the past few years. In…

Halfon seeks to cool the inflationary fires

15 November 2011 10:00

Don’t whip out the cava just yet, CoffeeHousers. Inflation, in both its CPI and RPI incarnations, may be down on…

George Osborne Slays the Tobin Tax

8 November 2011 22:59

George Osborne was filmed laying into the idea of a Tobin Tax on financial transactions at today’s Ecofin meeting in…

Osborne gets frank with Europe

8 November 2011 22:54

George Osborne’s attack on the European Commission and his fellow finance ministers, for wasting time talking about a financial transactions…

Tax busting

4 November 2011 9:03

Back in June 2008, when Gordon Brown’s government was young but already so weak it looked like it might not…

Cable’s latest embarrassment

26 October 2011 11:17

“None of this will stop me talking out against tax avoidance.” So says Vince Cable, rather hilariously, in response to…

The Legend of the Patriotic Drinker

25 October 2011 13:04

This is one hell of a statistic: In Britain, taxes on all types of alcohol contributed 36 percent of national…

How to untie the tax knot

21 October 2011 13:44

Yet another HMRC scandal this week, as a new HMRC computer discovered millions who have paid too much or too…

The poverty of Britain’s energy debate

17 October 2011 9:17

How big does Shale have to get before our policymakers wake up to its implications? There is an Energy Summit…

Miliband and Balls, in tandem

13 October 2011 17:35

So, CoffeeHousers, are Eds Balls and Miliband a gruesome twosome or the most sparkling partnership since Torvill and Dean? I…

Mitt Romney, of all people, shows David Cameron a way ahead

13 October 2011 14:42

Whatever may be said about his difficulties with the Republican base, there’s no doubt that Mitt Romney is a much…

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…

To be or not to be married?

10 September 2011 16:33

My name is Siobhan Courtney and I am a very happily unmarried mother with a five month old son. But…

50p tax isn’t just hurting the economy, but Treasury revenues too

7 September 2011 15:25

So where were these 20 economists when Gordon Brown first set the 50p trap for George Osborne? Then, Brown’s gamble…

Punish the rich, hurt everybody

1 September 2011 9:26

This week’s issue of The Spectator, out today (and available for only £1 an issue here), dwells on the new…

Tobin’s folly

18 August 2011 10:55

The Eurozone Tobin tax announced on Tuesday by Merkel and Sarkozy is intended to reduce market volatility. It could have…

Brown still hovers over the 50p tax debate

5 August 2011 15:05

A number of papers report today that George Osborne is minded to replace the 50p tax with Gordon Brown’s original…

The OBR warns of a fiscal storm

13 July 2011 16:09

The Office for Budget Responsibility’s 126-page Fiscal Sustainability Report really oughtn’t make for electrifying reading. But it does. What Robert…

Major proposals on the future of Scotland

10 July 2011 12:27

There have long been suspicions in Westminster that David Cameron uses John Major as an out rider, the last Tory…

Whipping up a storm

29 June 2011 15:58

The mini Tory rebellion last night, 15 Tory MPs voted to allow couples to transfer their personal tax allowance, has…

It’s not just about public sector pensions

19 June 2011 17:42

The bustle around public sector pensions has obscured an equally significant, pensions-related story today: the Sunday Telegraph’s claim that George…

Cameron takes on bad dads

19 June 2011 10:03

It’s Fathers’ Day today — and David Cameron is marking it with an extraordinary attack on those dads who are…

Your three-point guide to today’s Ed Balls files

11 June 2011 10:25

Less soap opera, and more policy grit, in today’s batch of Ed Balls files. There is, for instance, a lot…

Who cares about immigration? (Or education?)

12 May 2011 12:39

Who cares about immigration? In theory, everyone. It’s always mentioned as the policy that exercises voters but is ignored by…