Clegg’s wealth tax and gesture politics

It must be party conference season.  Nick Clegg making statements about an emergency wealth tax, a rather desperate attempt to give the annual festival of Stockholm Syndrome that calls itself the Liberal Democrat Party Conference something to differentiate themselves from the Tory party their Parliamentarians have happily maintained in office. A wealth tax sounds superficially […]

How my window cleaner took down the British economy

David Gauke, junior Treasury Minister, has responded to the growing concerns about offshoring and tax avoidance by claiming that it is immoral to pay cash in hand to tradesmen.  The scales have fallen from my eyes. Meet Mick, my window cleaner.  Once a month he comes to the house and cleans my windows, for payment […]

Some thoughts on 26 March

Yesterday saw one of the largest protest marches in London in modern times against the Coalitions cuts in public services – and incidents at Fortnum and Mason and Trafalgar Square which are being portrayed as acts of gratuitous violence by a minority of anarchists and troublemakers.  Predictably enough, most of the British media are leading […]