A global corporation tax is a terrible mistake

10 October 2021 8:57 am

International cooperation is alive and well – at least when it comes to raising taxes. One hundred and thirty six…

Could the squeeze on living standards bring down Boris?

24 September 2021 3:00 pm

There is about to be a two-phase onslaught on the living standards of those on low-to-middling incomes. On 1 October…

Portrait of the week: Tax rises, Tube gets busier and Taliban names its government

11 September 2021 9:00 am

Home Boris Johnson, the Prime Minister, announced a new tax in the Commons branded a ‘health and social care levy’.…

Levelling up: the inversion of the welfare state

11 September 2021 9:00 am

Why politicians are competing to bribe the affluent

Boris’s premiership is entering a dangerous new phase

11 September 2021 9:00 am

The announcement of a tax increase for both workers and employers to fund more spending on health and social care…

Has it really got harder to see a GP in person?

11 September 2021 9:00 am

Floating vote Voters in St Petersburg were presented with three candidates all calling themselves Boris Vishnevsky, with two believed to…

Why didn't Tory MPs oppose Boris's tax hike?

7 September 2021 10:55 pm

Boris Johnson has just announced his plans to increase National Insurance by 1.25 per cent for both workers and employers…

Why Johnson's tax gamble will pay off

7 September 2021 8:35 pm

Boris Johnson’s announcement today, promising he will fix the £15 billion hole in health and social care, may well be…

The government’s social care reform plans don’t add up

4 September 2021 9:00 am

The government’s social care reform plans are all wrong

The tax-and-spend Tories

24 July 2021 9:00 am

When you ask a government minister why something hasn’t happened, you get a one-word answer: ‘Covid’. It has become the…

How do the Tories stop the rise of an ever-bigger state?

23 July 2021 3:10 am

When Gordon Brown raised National Insurance in 2002 to put more money into the health service, it was seen as…

What the NHS pay rise says about Boris Johnson's priorities

23 July 2021 3:03 am

Well, that didn’t take long. Two days ago, a leaked report revealed that the government was considering using a national insurance…

A minimum corporation tax is nothing to celebrate

13 July 2021 8:05 am

So is this what the new era of global co-operation looks like? The EU has agreed to delay the introduction…

Suddenly used cars are hot property

12 June 2021 9:00 am

Companies should willingly pay tax wherever they generate profits — this column has long argued — because it’s fair they…

How many Lilibets are there in the world?

12 June 2021 9:00 am

Rare Lili Other than the new royal baby, is there anyone in the world formally called Lilibet? — There are…

Will the G7 tax deal survive?

10 June 2021 8:35 am

What are the chances of the G7’s agreement on a minimum rate of corporation tax actually coming into effect? While…

Which countries still haven’t had a single case of Covid?

6 March 2021 9:00 am

French lessons France’s former president Nicolas Sarkozy was sentenced to three years in jail, with two of them suspended, for…

The case for keeping business taxes low

6 March 2021 9:00 am

Why should business pay tax at all? That’s a provocative but forlorn question to ask in Budget week. Business pays…

If taxes must rise, Sunak should pick on private equity instead

21 November 2020 9:00 am

It’s not axiomatic that taxes must rise to pay for the pandemic, if you seriously believe the surge in growth,…

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The Barrett hearings show the Democrats have wised up since Kavanaugh

15 October 2020 12:04 am

There was nothing original about Amy Coney Barrett’s appearance before the Senate Judiciary Committee other than her incessant professions of…


Do you want a Trump or Biden economy?

13 October 2020 5:06 am

It would be great if the President was an icon of virtue and goodness, but he isn’t. As much as…

Who first committed ‘cultural appropriation’?

5 September 2020 9:00 am

Culture clashes The pop star Adele was accused of ‘cultural appropriation’ for adopting a Jamaican hairstyle for the online Notting…

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Who will pay for a mega-spending Biden administration?

5 September 2020 3:51 am

Over the last month, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has proposed roughly $4 trillion in new tax hikes. That is…

Can Scotland afford independence?

29 August 2020 11:16 pm

How would an independent Scotland have fared during the pandemic? We found out this week on the annual release of…

Italy owes Wales reparations for the wrongs of the Roman Empire

18 July 2020 4:10 pm

There’s talk of reparations in the air. Lobbyists from around the world are demanding sin-payments from former colonial powers. Let…