Tax

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,…

Buy-to-let investing just became a very, very bad idea

13 February 2016 9:00 am

If you pick up a buy-to-let property now, you’ll be fighting the full might of the Chancellor and the Bank of England

Maybe you should tax me more – just don’t touch my dishwasher

13 February 2016 9:00 am

There was a big fuss a year or so ago about a book by a French chap called Piketty about…

Don’t expect Mr Bear to go back into hibernation anytime soon

The bears are here to stay – but we’ll survive

30 January 2016 9:00 am

Like Leonardo DiCaprio in The Revenant, we’ve just been savaged by a bear but we’ll probably survive. Leading UK-listed stocks…

Archive: Motoring as a hobby should be discouraged

23 January 2016 9:00 am

From ‘The Conscription of Wealth’, The Spectator, 22 January 1916: At recent race meetings streams of motor-cars have proceeded from…

How far can Bernie Sanders go?

24 October 2015 9:00 am

Could the socialist senator of Vermont be on track to win the Democratic nomination?

A non-dom speaks: ‘The Swiss, Hong Kong, the Singaporeans, they are all saying “Come”!’

26 September 2015 8:00 am

Indian magnate Nirmal Sethia on what the English get wrong about tea – and the other countries seeking to recruit our discontented non-doms