The Labour Party and LibDems are continuing to push hard for a ‘one-off’ windfall tax on the profits of North Sea oil and gas companies. These businesses are indeed likely to make more money than even they had expected, thanks to the surge in global energy prices. The European Commission has also supported the idea … Continue reading Why Sunak is (still) right to reject a windfall tax on energy companies
So, it’s official. The global rating agency S&P has determined that the Russian government has defaulted on part of its international debt. In itself, this is not as big a deal as it may sound. Nonetheless, the unusual circumstances have revived concerns about the future of the US dollar as the reserve currency of choice … Continue reading Could Russian sanctions undermine the US dollar?
Here is the latest iteration of my ever-popular schools talk on the pros and cons of lowering the UK voting age to 16... should-we-lower-the-voting-age-4-april-22Download
Sajid Javid has made a good attempt at defending the increases in National Insurance rates for workers and businesses, arguing that they are both right and fair. But he is still wrong. Speaking to Sky News, Javid said that “when we spend money on public services, whether it’s NHS or anything else for that matter, … Continue reading National Insurance is still the wrong tax, at the wrong time