Have you had the school gate VAT chat?

8 June 2024 9:00 am

Another day closer to the general election and I’m at my daughter’s prep school in Oxfordshire. As has come to…

Britain is no longer a functional country

2 September 2023 9:00 am

No. 10 quickly asserted that the meltdown at National Air Traffic Services was a technical issue rather than a cyber…

Can the Tories come up with a tax offer in time?

5 August 2023 9:00 am

Last summer, all the Tory party could talk about was tax. It was at the heart of the leadership contest…

How to increase your home’s value – with a sandwich

29 July 2023 9:00 am

It is a tenet of neo-liberal economics that there is no such thing as a free lunch. This is obvious…


13 May 2023 9:00 am

The truth about corporate taxes

22 October 2022 9:00 am

I’ve chosen to write about corporate tax rates this week not because they’re the sexiest subject available but because –…

Scrapping inheritance tax is a terrible idea

5 October 2022 1:10 am

There is no hole deep enough that a Conservative minister cannot muster the spadework to excavate it to even greater…

The audacity of Kwarteng's tax cut for the rich

23 September 2022 7:46 pm

George Osborne dreamed about it and Rishi Sunak told friends that he’d like to do it if everything went well…

Only one tax cut can save Rishi Sunak now

2 August 2022 3:00 pm

Rishi Sunak’s promises on tax are lacklustre. He’s announced a fiddly one-off tax break on energy that will last for just a…

The real difference between Sunak and Truss's tax policies

2 August 2022 12:53 am

The Tory leadership race is becoming a test of patience. Today Rishi Sunak has laid out his plan to slash…

How much did Emily Maitlis cost licence fee payers?

16 April 2022 9:00 am

Off duty How many non-doms are there in the UK? – In the year ending 2020, 75,700 people filled in…

The war on workers

6 April 2022 9:30 pm

It is been a familiar story in recent years: a Budget that sounded reasonably good when delivered, but that unravels…

Should the young pay less tax than the old?

2 April 2022 9:00 am

In evolutionary terms, it is obvious why we get more conservative with age. Two strong forces, acting in the same…

Is Biden trying to crash the economy?

28 March 2022 11:15 pm

A war is raging in Ukraine. Inflation has risen to a 30-year high and may have started to spiral out…

The Chancellor’s difficult choices

26 March 2022 9:00 am

The Office for Budget Responsibility was designed to protect the Chancellor from accusations that he is cooking the books. If…

The return of fiscal conservatism

26 March 2022 9:00 am

Next month, Rishi Sunak will break a Tory manifesto pledge by increasing National Insurance as the tax burden heads to…

Why windfall taxes are a rotten idea

12 February 2022 9:00 am

Annual profits of £9.5 billion at BP this week followed a £20 billion jackpot at Shell last week, thanks to…

Revealed: how the NHS waiting list will hit 9.2 million

12 February 2022 9:00 am

Who really controls the NHS?

After Omicron: there’s no longer a case for restrictions on liberty

22 January 2022 9:00 am

Covid-19 is in decline in Britain, with Omicron cases now falling as fast as they rose. The booster programme —…

Get ready to start paying the cost of Covid

8 January 2022 1:40 am

Forget the desirability (or lack thereof) of tax hikes: can Britain survive them? That’s the economic question that kicked off…

Does Boris believe in Brexit?

5 January 2022 11:00 pm

For once, yesterday’s Downing Street press conference included a worthwhile question, and not of the ‘why aren’t you locking us…

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