Posts Tagged “IFS”

How should we share the gain and the pain in the next Parliament?

by Stephen Tall on October 16, 2014

That was the question the Resolution Foundation posed at a Lib Dem conference fringe meeting in Glasgow last week. Some of what follows was inspired by (ie, copied from) IFS Director Paul Johnson’s excellent LibDemVoice article, Balancing the books: some unpalatable choices, published last week. Some of it I’ve previously rehearsed in my ConservativeHome column, […]

Memo to both Left and Right: Income Tax isn’t the only tax that matters

by Stephen Tall on February 13, 2014

There was some leftie love showered on this ConservativeHome article by Peter Franklin this week: Right-wingers should stop boasting about how much income tax the rich pay. His point was absolutely right, as he laid into the supposedly slam-dunk argument glibly tossed around by unthinking capitalist Tories like Boris: The richest one per cent of Britons […]

Two-thirds of married couples EXCLUDED from Tories’ marriage tax allowance

by Stephen Tall on July 3, 2013

Fresh from capitulating to his backbenchers over Europe, David Cameron is having to give in again on the issue of the marriage tax allowance. Evan Harris has already spoken out against the Tories’ plans here on LDV this week, highlighting how the policy harks back to the 1950s’ concept of nuclear households with (male) ‘breadwinners’ […]

The 2013 spending review: the Lib Dem problem is at least as big as Labour’s

by Stephen Tall on April 23, 2013

Last Friday’s Independent splashed on the story, Exclusive: Labour bets the house with pledge to outspend Tories. The story itself is disputed: Ed Balls rushed on the radio to rebut it: “Is it the policy of Ed Miliband and me Ed Balls that we will decide now to bet the house with a pledge to […]