Monday

Did Channel 4 know what it was doing when it commissioned this film?

A TV programme is coming up on Thursday evening in which I expect I will appear. It is a 90 minute film by Martin Durkin about the huge national debt that has piled up and his solution. He will be … Continue reading

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Friday

More on what’s wrong with increasing Capital Gains Tax

One of the points about Capital Gains Tax that is well put in the video below is that when one earns money after tax, one has a choice. Either one can spend it straight away, or else one can save … Continue reading

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Thursday

The proposed top Capital Gains Tax rate would be higher than that in China, where the image of the late Chairman Mao, communist, is displayed on the bank notes

…the tax raised will not be as much as is expected. In the long term, as rich people leave Britain, it may even result in a lower tax take. What happens elsewhere? Let us take some of the countries where … Continue reading

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Thursday

The Tories need to argue that low taxes matter

Osborne was asked on Radio 5 Live whether he wanted to get rid of the new 5% stamp duty on homes sold for more than £1m. He treated this question as though he were a bomb disposal expert and this … Continue reading

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Monday

Suggested questions for Messrs Humphrys and Naughtie

Those who find the constant drip of anti-capitalism from most of the presenters on the BBC Radio 4 ‘Today programme’ aggravating now have a more bearable alternative: Radio 5 Live, despite also coming from the BBC, generally has more open-minded … Continue reading

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Monday

The parable of the broken window – one of the most superb arguments ever made

I visited Dartmouth College in New Hampshire recently to give a talk about The Welfare State We’re In. I was told by the professor of economics who invited me that he had told his students that my book illustrated one … Continue reading

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Tuesday

The spirit of Thatcherism lives on

David Cameron’s speech this morning was the most encouraging thing I have heard from the Conservative Party in a long time. He said that a public spending splurge now would result in higher taxes later. He noted that Japan had … Continue reading

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Wednesday

Taxing the rich more could easily bring in less money

Last night I was a speaker in an Intelligence Squared debate on the motion “Tax the rich (more)”. It can be heard on the Spectator magazine website here. I, of course, was against the motion. Our side won easily and … Continue reading

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Tuesday

We shall tax on the beaches…

With the news that many more people will be liable for inheritance tax than previously and more people are now paying the top rate of income tax, I enjoyed Richard Littlejohn’s take on it in the Daily Mail: Gordon Brown … Continue reading

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Wednesday

As Cameron gives up on the tax issue, it is becoming more important

The Cameron leadership of the Conservative Party has given up on the tax argument at a time when it is getting increasingly strong and important. This from today’s Daily Telegraph: Britain’s ballooning public sector will grow bigger than Germany’s next … Continue reading

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