Tax

Three cheers for all those who avoid the UK’s huge taxes

10 July 2014 17:59

‘Hypocrisy of the stars who shielded cash from taxman’, cries a headline in today’s Daily Mail. But are we sure…

The Guardianista mind-set

14 June 2014 18:49

A moron has written a letter to The Guardian. I realise that this is not ground-breaking news. In the journalistic…

Scottish Independence: The Cost of Living Like This

28 May 2014 13:40

Yippee! The number-crunching boffins are at war again. The UK and Scottish governments have today released rival forecasts for life…

At last, it’s Tax Freedom Day… but just wait until you find out when Cost of Government Day is

28 May 2014 11:47

Today is Tax Freedom Day. That means that the average person in Britain has to work 148 days of the…

Scotching a myth: Scotland is not as left-wing as you think it is

21 May 2014 11:58

Alex Salmond and David Cameron have more in common than a shared appreciation for Andy Murray’s tennis. Not, of course,…

An NHS tax is just another name for a tax rise

17 May 2014 10:51

Finding a way to raise taxes that is popular is, for some on the centre-left, the Holy Grail. As the…

If Ed Miliband is the Union’s saviour then the Union is doomed

28 April 2014 14:32

With apologies to John Rentoul, Can Ed Miliband save the Union? is a question to which the answer is God help us…

What I want from the Budget: some conservatism

18 March 2014 10:18

Budget day tomorrow, and I’m sure many of you will relish the reminder that you are, in George Osborne’s reported…

How tax transparency can help the Tories

17 March 2014 17:45

George Osborne is as adept as any gamekeeper at setting little traps in every Budget and Autumn Statement for Labour…

This time George, let there be no Budget bodging

17 March 2014 11:53

The first and best thing George Osborne could do is start all over again. Of course he won’t and this…

George Osborne’s last chance: 40p…or childcare?

14 March 2014 17:27

Next week’s Budget is the last chance for George Osborne to make a ‘game-changing reform’. Backbench Tories have been clamouring…

What does Ed Balls have against marriage?

14 March 2014 11:07

Ed Balls has announced today that he’d scrap even the tiny tax break that George Osborne is planning to offer…

Melanie McDonagh: What I’d like to see in the Budget

13 March 2014 14:47

Every year, I sit through the Budget, and every year there are great chunks of it that pass right over…

George Osborne campaigning against Gordon Brown's 'jobs tax' in 2010. Renaming National Insurance the 'Earnings Tax' would make any Labour designs on the payment less politically palatable. Picture: Getty

Tory call to rebrand National Insurance is politically smart

23 February 2014 20:39

The government’s legislative programme is pretty light at present. But the Bill that is going to spark the most interest…

Why Ed Balls doesn’t care about criticisms of his tax plan

3 February 2014 12:00

There were a million people who voted Labour in the 2005 general election but not in 2010, when the party…

Class war at PMQs leaves Labour in better heart

29 January 2014 13:58

It was back to business as usual at PMQs today. Gone was Miliband’s effort to raise the tone, which Cameron…

Sarah Brown’s unpatriotic office

28 January 2014 14:24

‘[T]he old tax havens have no place in this new world. We now call on all countries to apply international…

What do you think of the EU now, Sir Richard?

14 October 2013 10:55

So goodbye then, Sir Richard Branson. Just one question before you go: will you, from the comfort of your sunny…

How strong can the Tory tax attack be?

29 September 2013 13:21

One of the key dividing lines in 2015 will be over what sort of action each of the parties proposes…

We haven’t heard the last of the mansion tax

28 September 2013 12:52

In Manchester this week, there’ll be much talk from the Tories about how they are gunning for a majority. But…

David Cameron unveils £1,000 marriage tax allowance

27 September 2013 22:00

That the Conservatives were going to announce a marriage tax allowance at their party conference had to be one of…

Lib Dem conference: Nick Clegg narrowly wins 45p/50p tax vote

16 September 2013 18:07

It was so close that they had to count the votes in the conference hall, and even then, the Liberal…

Two nations, two cultures? Britain is divided by the Trent, not the Tweed.

19 August 2013 13:26

Of the many certainties those Scots in favour of independence hold to be self-evident two in particular stand out. First…

Being uncharitable

9 August 2013 14:49

William Shawcross’s comments earlier in the week, following the disclosure that the number of staff at foreign aid charities earning…

Stamp Duty is stomping all over Middle England

6 August 2013 13:40

65 per cent of the people buying a home in London in 2012-13 paid the 3 per cent rate of…