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Taking tax out of the ‘Too Difficult Box’

Tax is at the heart of the relationship between the citizen and the state. The fundamental conflicts around John Hampden’s trial in 1637 for his refusal to pay King Charles’s taxes for ship money, and the Boston Tea Party in...

Banking reform from the bottom up

Like most people of my generation my first memory of banks wasn't a bank but a building society. But those soon disappeared after the deregulation reforms of the 1980's. After that they weren’t something I paid much attention to other...

Piecemeal tax reform is not enough

During party conference Labour took a tough stance on taxation, but the party’s economic competency must be strengthened further by making the case for radical tax reform. Tax is on the agenda of both Labour and the Conservatives, but their...

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