Iron Chancellor to leaden Prime Minister

June 27, 2008

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brownjune.jpgOne of Gordon Brown’s favourite speech writers is leaving Number 10 to return to the Treasury. That gives Brown the perfect opportunity to draft in someone who has the ability to coin the kind of phrases that chime with the electorate and stick in people’s minds.

Think pensions to get one up on Chancellor

June 16, 2008

darlingblog1.jpgTax: it’s all getting a bit of a drag. The number of people paying the highest level of income tax has almost doubled since Labour came to power, according to recent statistics.

Is free swimming worth the cost?

June 6, 2008

swimm.jpgThe over-60s will be able to take a dip at their local council pool for free across England from next year under government plans announced on Friday.

Oil prices – fuelling more problems for Labour?

May 27, 2008

fuel.jpgRoads into London and Cardiff are expected to be jammed with lorry convoys as part of a protest at the soaring cost of fuel.

Darling’s tax fix wins few plaudits

May 14, 2008

darling111.jpgThe Daily Mirror is alone among the papers in giving unqualified praise to Chancellor Alistair Darling’s 2.7 billion pound solution to the damaging 10p tax row.

Wednesday’s front pages

May 14, 2008

times-wed-may-14.jpgThe papers are nearly all agreed that Chancellor Alistair Darling’s 2.7 billion pound fix for the 10p tax row is the day’s main story.

Dear Chancellor… What would be in your letter to Darling?

May 1, 2008

darling.jpgLabour might appear to have calmed the storm over the scrapping of the 10 percent income tax rate for now. But new research shows the extent to which Britons are peeved about the level of income tax.

Wednesday’s front pages

April 23, 2008

indycut2.jpgThe crucial poll win in Pennsylvania by US presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton came too late for many newspapers, who predominantly went instead with rising food prices and fears for a missing boy in Wednesday’s headlines.

Should the 10p tax rate have been scrapped?

April 21, 2008

darling1.jpgA possible Commons rebellion by Labour MPs next Monday over the scrapping of the 10p starting tax rate has been averted but the episode has further damaged the standing of Gordon Brown.

Another “slap in face with wet kipper” Budget

March 12, 2008

francesca-lagerberg-2.jpgBy Francesca Lagerberg, head of the national tax office, Grant Thornton

Most Budgets have all the attraction of being slapped in the face with a wet kipper and sadly this one is unlikely to reverse the trend. As expected, from today up goes the cost of booze (4p on a pint) and fags (11p on a packet). Also for those who like driving larger less-green new cars there is a “showroom” tax coming in from 2009 that could cost them around 950 pounds.