Tax

The RMT strike is a demonstration of what to expect in a Corbyn-McDonnell regime

7 December 2019 9:00 am

It’s unusual for a Governor of the Bank of England to announce his next job before Downing Street has named…

What happened to the other Dukes of York?

23 November 2019 9:00 am

Old Dukes of York Prince Andrew is the 14th royal to have held the title Duke of York (three were…

It’s easy to sex up the business of paying tax

8 June 2019 8:00 am

To fund the war against Napoleon in 1813, Princess Marianne of Prussia invented an ingenious tax-raising scheme. Wealthy Prussians were…

The super rich aren’t all bad – some even pay their taxes

2 February 2019 9:00 am

Paying tax — which many of us have been doing this week before HMRC’s 31 January deadline — is a…

The slow death of the public-sector pension

6 January 2018 9:00 am

The slow death of the public-sector pension

Don’t look for any merit in meritocracy

3 June 2017 9:00 am

A few years ago, someone asked me how to fix social care costs for the elderly. One eventual idea of…

The Conservatives are being dragged leftwards

13 May 2017 9:00 am

It would be easy to dismiss Jeremy Corbyn’s launch of the Labour party’s election campaign this week on the grounds…

On landing, the pilot made an announcement so psychologically astute that I wanted to offer him a job

25 March 2017 9:00 am

After landing at Gatwick, the plane taxied for five minutes or so and then came to a halt in the…

If the Tories can't do a Budget right, how will they handle Brexit?

18 March 2017 9:00 am

After Philip Hammond delivered his Budget last week, he went to speak to a meeting of Conservative backbench MPs. Several…

The Spectator calls for higher taxes, 1917

4 February 2017 9:00 am

From ‘Lenders and taxpayers’, The Spectator, 3 February 1917: As to the general financial soundness of the country there can be…

Trump’s rivals in the British petition game

4 February 2017 9:00 am

Trump’s rivals More than 1.7m people signed a petition on Parliament’s website demanding that Donald Trump’s state visit be cancelled,…

The countless ways in which horses improve our lives

28 January 2017 9:00 am

Countless lives are improved by contact with horses. Changes to business rates threaten that

Never speak to the inland revenue at New Year

7 January 2017 9:00 am

The most annoying thing about starting a new year is how long it takes for everyone to crank themselves back…

The sexy new face of cigarette packaging

3 December 2016 9:00 am

Something for which to thank the government, at last. It is much, much more fun buying cigarettes these days. It…

Will it take a tax break to make you eat your five-a-day?

22 October 2016 9:00 am

A lower tax bracket in return for eating your five a day? Could it really work?

How common are ‘tenement Scots’?

8 October 2016 9:00 am

Tenement Scots John Cleese referred to the editor of this magazine as a ‘tenement Scot’. Do more Scots live in…

Hong Kong shows what post-Brexit Britain could be

24 September 2016 9:00 am

Since he moved to Hong Kong three years ago, the Rat’s Cantonese has been coming on apace. This has rather…

The Apple tax grab shows the wisdom of Brexit

3 September 2016 9:00 am

It’s strange that, even now, the Brexit vote is routinely referred to as an expression of anger or frustration —…

Dear God, am I going to have to start liking Ed Balls?

3 September 2016 9:00 am

What the hell is going on with Ed Balls? Back in the horrible doldrums of the last Labour government, he…

Nietzsche, Lembit Opik, the NHS and taxes: Edinburgh Festival Fringe roundup

20 August 2016 9:00 am

Dominic Frisby is an actor best known for voicing the booking.com adverts (‘Booking dot com, booking dot yeah’). Voiceover specialists…

Stick to your guns: classic weapons can yield an attractive return free of capital gains tax

The best things in life are capital gains tax free

21 May 2016 9:00 am

Some of the best things in life are free of capital gains tax

Why my name didn’t appear in the Panama Papers

23 April 2016 9:00 am

My, my, the rich are under attack everywhere, and I thank God the Panama Papers didn’t include the name of…

Portrait of the Week: David Cameron’s tax troubles and the Archbishop of Canterbury’s paternity

16 April 2016 9:00 am

Home David Cameron, the Prime Minister, after spending a week parrying questions about his late father’s investment fund Blairmore, suddenly…

How to make the rich pay more tax

9 April 2016 9:00 am

The 11 million documents leaked from Panama lawyers Mossack Fonseca tell us much that we know already. It’s hardly news…

West Heslerton and other villages with one careful owner

9 April 2016 9:00 am

Squire power The village of West Heslerton in Yorkshire was put up for sale at £20 million after its owner,…