Tag Archive for Tax

Tackling the cost of living – is UKIP getting it right?

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This is about the Institute of Economic Affairs event at the Ukip conference, the speakers were: Tim Aker MEP, Head of UKIP’s Policy Unit Mark Littlewood, Director General, IEA (Chair) Tim Montgomerie, Columnist, The Times Patrick O’Flynn MEP, UKIP Economic Spokesman Christopher Snowdon, Director of Lifestyle Economics, IEA Steven Woolfe MEP, UKIP Financial Affairs Spokesman With the…

Bitcoin: a protocol for the distributed maintenance of a ledger?

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When I finally found my way to Brian Micklethwait’s Pimlico pad on Friday evening I was in for a few surprises. The biggest visual surprise was Brian’s amazing collection of books and CD’s. The amount knowledge there, in one home, is staggering. I enjoyed running my eyes over the titles and trying to notice whole…

Gauke’s outrageous arrogance

David Gauke

It seems that Joey Jones is perhaps the most sensible (and liberal) member of the political-media elite today. You all know what he was talking about, but before watching the video of him, read what was actually said by Mr Gauke. Guido has the quote: Legitimate use of reliefs, for example taking out a tax-free…

Self-interest in campaigning

two gourmet pasties

I have a new found respect for Gregg’s the baker. Their Save our Savouries campaign including an online and counter-top petition was obviously self-interested and yet it’s worked. They got exactly what they wanted from the watering down of the Pasty Tax and achieved popular support and favourable media coverage. What I like about this…

Why is tax still so expensive?

This research from the TPA, spotted over the weekend, was described as staggering. Frankly, I’m more angry than suprised: HMRC has failed to collect tax more efficiently despite inventions such as the first handheld calculator in 1967; the microprocessor in 1971; Microsoft Windows in 1985; and the World Wide Web in the 1990s. Even after…