Keep them low where possible; find the optimal point on the Laffer Curve; avoid taxes which are expensive to collect; and undo the harm of Stamp Duty and Inheritance Tax.
Posts Tagged: Fiscal Policy
Even if the headlines weren’t hogged by the ongoing Brexit votes, what could the Chancellor really announce?
There is room in the Budget to allow Hammond a fair amount of leeway to act. Here’s our plan.
The former Brexit Secretary warns of the danger that MPs will believe the Government has not even demanded the necessary concessions from Brussels.
Making Britain better post-Brexit will mean tough decisions about priorities. And that requires the Conservatives to know who their people are.
In the first article of a new mini-series, the economist urges the Chancellor to deploy the savings and revenues secured by leaving the EU.
The prospect of millions of families losing out financially makes ministers jittery – as, presumably, those briefing the press intend.
“Austerity” has been blurred and misused as a term. If everyone takes its end as a promise of whatever they fancy, it will soon get costly and risky.
A by-product of people preparing for a leadership race is a search for new and popular policies.
Alex Morton: A win for those spending Ministers would be a defeat for the taxpayer – not just Hammond and Truss
The Comprehensive Spending Review has to be seen as a way to reset the narrative. Government need to focus on reform as a positive – not expenditure.
McDonnell’s new spinner wants voters to learn all about the time Livingstone sacked him for messing up London’s finances
He might need to read up on his new boss’s record a little more closely.
It might please nurses, but provokes new pay demands from teachers, doctors and soldiers. Nor would a hypothecated ‘NHS Tax’ make the issue go away.
The Chancellor dismisses the Opposition as “Eeyores” while declaring himself “positively tigger-like” about the prospects for the economy.
The Moggcast. “Russia is a rogue state”, and we should use “a Magnitsky-style law” to “target people close to the Kremlin”
Why he believes Brexit will make life harder for Putin. Plus: Can Hammond hold course in today’s Spring Statement? And how does faith fit into public life?
Which taxes should Tories cut? 1) Sam Dumitriu: No virtue-signalling giveaways, hammer taxes that hold back growth
After our recent series asked ‘What should Tories tax?’, the Adam Smith Institute’s Head of Research kicks off a new mini-series seeking routes to lower taxes.