Taxation

Taxation

Now Heathrow is approved; it’s time to end the war against aviation by slashing Air Passenger Duty

Air Passenger Duty is regressive and anti-business and anti-consumer; it should by cut as a much needed boost for Brexit Britain About this time every year, my Texan wife and I glance at the calendar and realise, with dread, that the time has come to book plane tickets to the States […]

by × October 26, 2016 ×

Health & Environment, Taxation

The Sugar Tax should go the way of the Pasty Tax

The Sugar Tax should go the way of the Pasty Tax

Statement from the People Against Sugar Tax campaign The sugar tax will be one of the silliest taxes in recent times. We all remember the pasty tax in 2012. It generated headlines all over the world before the Chancellor wisely scrapped the tax. Well now we have the sugar tax, […]

by × August 23, 2016 ×

Capitalism, Taxation

My name is Emily and sometimes I avoid tax

My name is Emily and sometimes I avoid tax

Tax avoidance Noun The arrangement of one’s financial affairs to minimise tax liability within the law. It’s awful isn’t it? People avoiding tax. They are scum, cheating the state of its rightful property. It might be legally OK, but it is morally wrong. These are the kinds of things I […]

by × April 6, 2016 ×

Liberty, Taxation

Tim Montgomerie misses the point  on the sugar tax

Tim Montgomerie misses the point
on the sugar tax

Writing in The Times, Tim Montgomerie has penned a staunch defence of the sugar tax – or at least, the principle behind it – from what he calls “small-state fundamentalists”. These are people who, by his own description, believe that “the state to be small and humble about intervening in […]

by × March 20, 2016 ×

Health & Environment, Taxation

Un-Conservative nanny statism

Un-Conservative nanny statism

Yes, I’m talking about the ‘sugar levy’ George Osborne announced today as part of his ‘budget for the next generation’. Starting with words of warning about childhood obesity, Osborne continued “industry can act, and with the right incentives I’m sure it will.” For him, the right incentive is a sugar […]

by × March 16, 2016 ×

Taxation

Such Sweet Sorrow: How can a Conservative  propose a Sugar Tax?

Such Sweet Sorrow: How can a Conservative
propose a Sugar Tax?

As a child growing up in the 1980s there were only two sounds that would make my heart ache with a giddy sense of pure joy ;  the theme tune of ‘He Man and the Masters of the Universe’, and my mother uttering the words, “You can get a 10p […]

by × February 27, 2016 ×

Liberty, Taxation

Axe the regressive tobacco escalator!

Axe the regressive tobacco escalator!

It couldn’t have escaped the notice of avid readers of the Guido Fawkes website that there’s a bit of a campaign blitz going on. The Axe the escalator campaign is a 72 hour Ad blitz by smokers’ rights group FOREST. During the last parliament, the tobacco duty escalator ensured that […]

by × February 25, 2016 ×

Taxation

MPs have called for a 3p cut in fuel duty,  heed the call chancellor

MPs have called for a 3p cut in fuel duty,
heed the call chancellor

Hundreds of MPs and the campaign team FairFuelUK have called for a 3p cut in fuel duty. It is quite clear, and backed up with evidence, that such a cut would benefit the economy and the Exchequer. The freeze in duty has been a contributory factor in economic growth; it’s time to […]

by × November 9, 2015 ×

Taxation

Why everyone is wrong about the “tampon tax”

Why everyone is wrong about the “tampon tax”

Because our media don’t bother with foreign news, they wouldn’t have noticed that both Canada and Australia had the “tampon tax” row back in summer. Those who make reference to it at all will claim that Canada abolished the tax. That is not in fact true. It’s a clever piece of accountancy […]

by × October 29, 2015 ×

Taxation, Welfare

On tax credits, I agree with Boris

On tax credits, I agree with Boris

Reducing the welfare budget is crucial and the public backs this endeavour. However, I agree in principle with the increasing concern being expressed in the party – by Boris and others – about the rapid withdrawal of tax credits. One cannot take seriously the attempt to brand the Conservatives the “workers party” […]

by × October 8, 2015 ×

Taxation

Lower taxation: The moral imperative

Lower taxation: The moral imperative

What do a rise in investment and a rise in tax compliance by businesses have in common?  Firstly, they are both happening in Britain today. Secondly, they are both a positive and inevitable side effect of free market favouring policies implemented by the previous Coalition government, namely lower direct taxation. Since its […]

by × June 19, 2015 ×

Constitution, Economic, News, Taxation, Welfare

What now? Priorities for a Conservative government

What now? Priorities for a Conservative
government

The Tories are back in government. And it’s time to get radical. For the first time in 18 years the Conservatives are back as the sole party of government. This is a golden opportunity to change Britain for the better. Already, attention is beginning to focus on what the new […]

by × May 11, 2015 ×