Raising the NI threshold would have cross-party support

In Wednesday’s Budget we saw the personal allowance threshold rise again; starting April 2016, earnings up to £10,800 will be tax-exempt. The coalition knows that raising the personal allowance is a politically popular idea (not to mention good public policy). It’s great to see them inch slightly closer to taking minimum wage earners out of […]

Osborne’s cuts take us back to the dark days of, umm, 2001

It’s good to see that we’re not the only people who have realised that Osborne’s cuts are not about to plunge the nation back into the penury of the 1930s. We’re actually going back to the dark old days of 2001: Because the government does not want to raise taxes to fund these plans, public […]

Is this a fiddle in the Autumn Statement?

As we all know, knowledge is local and dispersed. A corollary of this is that you, the readers collectively, will always know more on any specific subject than one single writer on this side of the software. At which point to ask you a question. We’ve got the BBC telling us that public spending is […]

It’s time the government let adults – even the smokers – grow up

While the under-12s and orchestras hit the jackpot in yesterday’s Autumn Statement, tobacco companies were subtly thrown under the bus, as the Chancellor quietly committed to a consultation to determine how much more money tobacco companies should be contributing to public services; a pledge Labour has already signed on to as well. Specifically, the consultation […]

Osborne scraps the worst tax in Britain – the ASI’s reaction to the Autumn Statement

Here are our comments on today’s Autumn Statement: Stamp duty: Head of Research at the Adam Smith Institute, Ben Southwood, said: The old stamp duty slab system was one of the worst taxes Britain had, and we welcome the Chancellor’s radicalism in abolishing it, rather than simply tinkering around the edges. According to the best economic […]