Posts Tagged “tax”

Lib Dems reject 50p top-rate of tax by just 4 votes, 224 to 220

by Stephen Tall on September 17, 2013

How many times have Lib Dems knocked on doors at 9.55pm to get out the last remaining identified voters because “your vote really could make a difference” in this election? Today’s vote on whether to keep the top-rate of tax levied on those earning £150k or more at 45p, or to pledge to raise it […]

CentreForum Liberal Villain of the Month: Mark Littlewood

by Stephen Tall on June 28, 2013

Liberal Hero of the Week (and occasional Villains) is chosen by Stephen Tall, Co-Editor of Liberal Democrat Voice, and Research Associate at CentreForum. The series showcases those who promote any of the four liberal tenets identified in The Orange Book — economic, personal, political and social liberalism — regardless of party affiliation and from beyond Westminster. If […]

Jon Cruddas: in favour of a 45 top-rate of tax before he was against it

by Stephen Tall on April 7, 2013

Sarah Teather isn’t the only MP attacking George Osborne today. Ed Miliband’s policy chief Jon Cruddas has strong words for the Chancellor in the Sunday People, accusing him of “cruelty” and of “giving a tax cut to millionaires” by dropping the top-rate of tax from 50% to 45% for those earning more than £150,000. So […]

IFS verdict: Labour’s 10p tax idea “has no plausible economic justification”

by Stephen Tall on February 15, 2013

Ed Miliband’s announcement yesterday that Labour will re-introduce a 10p starting rate of income tax paid for through the introduction of Vince Cable’s mansion tax has received a tepid response from the Institute for Fiscal Studies. The IFS put out a note yesterday headed simply, Better options exist to help low earners than 10p tax […]

Rejoice! Labour has a policy. Even better it’s a Lib Dem policy.

by Stephen Tall on February 14, 2013

Yesterday at PMQs Ed Miliband channelled Ronald Reagan. Today he’s channelling Vince Cable: Labour does have a policy after all. Two in fact! It’s just that they’re both Lib Dem policies: tax cuts for low-paid funded by mansion tax. — Stephen Tall (@stephentall) February 14, 2013 Here’s what Ed has just announced: Let me tell […]

‘Please give generously’: Tories mail-shot supporters asking for donations to fight Lib Dem mansion tax

by Stephen Tall on December 9, 2012

That’s the story in the Guardian this weekend: The Conservative party privately sent letters to Tory donors and wealthy homeowners promising to defeat Liberal Democrat plans for a mansion tax at the same time as their coalition partners thought they were negotiating on a version of the proposal ahead of the autumn statement, it emerged […]

Three intriguing opinion poll results that made me go, “Hmm, really?”

by Stephen Tall on August 1, 2012

Looking through some of YouGov’s recent poll results (as you do on a summer’s evening during the Olympics), a trio of responses struck me as, well, slightly bizarre. See what you think… Lib Dem voters LEAST LIKELY to think Britain is best at cricket, MOST LIKELY to think we’re best at cycling This may simply […]

Sticking up for David Gauke and his tax-avoidance comments

by Stephen Tall on July 24, 2012

David Gauke, the exchequer secretary to the treasury, is a Conservative minister I’m quite happy to stick up for. He’s in the headlines this morning for an interview he gave to the Telegraph in which he states it is “morally wrong” to pay cash-in-hand to get a nod-and-a-wink no-tax discount: “Getting a discount with your […]

David Laws: let’s cut taxes and spending. For once, I’m unconvinced. Here’s why…

by Stephen Tall on June 24, 2012

David Laws has earned himself a generous write-up in today’s Telegraph, with the paper which triggered his resignation from the cabinet two years ago hailing his ‘radical vision of a liberal state’, and lamenting with crocodile tears that his downfall was ‘a great loss to the Cabinet’. The cause is an interview David has given […]

Danny Alexander: pay tax as I say not as I do?

by Stephen Tall on June 23, 2012

Lib Dem chief secretary to the treasury Danny Alexander wrote a powerful article — Rich tax dodgers are as bad as dole cheats — for this week’s Sun newspaper. His condemnation of those, such as Jimmy Carr, who legally avoid paying their taxes couldn’t have been stronger: … to most people it’s outrageous that a […]