Philip Booth
15 June 2016

It is often argued that taxation to promote the position of the poor is somehow a moral act on behalf of those that are better off and paying taxes to finance the transfers to those who are worse off...
Razeen Sally
22 July 2014

It is commonplace to think, as Adam Smith did, of the wealth of nations. Now we should also focus on ‘cities and the wealth of nations’. More than ever, cities are the lifeblood of the...
Len Shackleton
19 April 2013

  It was interesting to read in The Times this week that many American companies which offer health insurance are fining employees who do not maintain their weight below a certain...
Philip Booth
21 September 2012

I was surprised to see The Times run a front page, a three page feature and a leader on tax avoidance yesterday. The arguments used by The Times, and the specific examples highlighted were...
Prerna Aswani
29 August 2012

Under the Reagan Presidency (1980-1988), income tax was cut across the board and the top rate of income tax reduced from 70% to 28%. The dramatic nature of the change in tax policy makes this a...
Tom Papworth
25 June 2012

The Orange Book's authors made the book what it is. Had it not been for David Laws MP and Paul Marshall, it might have been nothing more than an obscure collection of policy articles...
James Stanfield
26 May 2011

The current controversy surrounding independent schools and their charitable status is becoming increasingly absurd. First, the public benefit test is a pointless exercise because it should be...
Philip Booth
7 October 2010

The UK does not have particularly high economic inactivity rates. Large numbers of women tend to work and worklessness amongst those approaching state retirement age is not as high in the UK as in...
Terry Arthur
14 August 2010

Under the heading “British Film Industry in Peril”, 55 actors signed a letter of protest in The Daily Telegraph at the proposed abolition of the UK Film Council. Their...
Terry Arthur
23 July 2010

Next May there is to be a referendum, at the behest of Nick Clegg, on whether or not the UK should change the first-past-the-post system to the Alternative Vote (AV) system. Under AV, voters must...
Daniel J. Mitchell
5 July 2010

Richard Teather
23 June 2010

Over the next year or so the question of which countries best survived the bust is likely to be a major source of argument. Supporters of high taxes are already pointing to predictions...
Ruth Porter
21 June 2010
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George Osborne has the chance to do something really radical tomorrow in his Budget statement. He must cut public spending to shore up Britain’s precarious economic situation – he has no...
Adam Lyons
24 May 2010

It appears that the new coalition government remains committed to increasing the rate of Capital Gains Tax (CGT) to a level in line with income tax. There are many reasons why...
Terry Arthur
23 April 2010

The election campaign should be bringing on another Great Depression in the minds of all taxpayers. This morning Gordon Brown continued his daily rant at the Tories for promising to...
Philip Booth
4 March 2010

Yesterday, the Catholic Bishops issued a document Choosing the Common Good which is intended to guide Catholics in the run up to the general election and beyond. Unlike its predecessors such as...
Philip Booth
18 February 2010

Ignoring the precise merits of the legal case surrounding Mr. Gaines-Cooper – the businessman who may be asked to pay £30m in back tax, which was covered in all the main newspapers...
Kristian Niemietz
23 November 2009

It is a bit tricky to criticise an organisation that describes itself as “the leading charity campaigning for the abolition of child poverty in the UK”. But when a charity enters the...
Terry Arthur
30 October 2009

In his four years as leader of the Conservative Party, David Cameron has often seemed to embrace socialist ideas.  “Sharing the proceeds of growth” was only one of his efforts to be...
Richard Wellings
4 May 2009

●  John Blundell writes about Margaret Thatcher’s revolution for The Washington Times   ●  Philip Booth argues that the UK’s finances cannot be restored by big tax...