The subterfuge of the tax return

In my recent talk on tax I unsurprisingly mentioned the tax return. Whilst it is not essential to our understanding of what tax is we should at least recognise it as the blatant subterfuge it is: This (tax summary) form was created by George Osborne. It is a shameless example of state produced ideological propaganda… Read more

Let’s try and abolish tax

In early December I gave a talk to the local Positive Money group about tax. Naturally this drew heavily on what I’ve discovered from TaxResearch.uk as well as Richard Murphy’s ‘The Joy of Tax’ and still other details that I have learnt here on Progressive Pulse. It is striking that on the Positive Money website… Read more

The EU – what should Labour do now?

Apparently there is to be no hard border but the UK is leaving the customs union. These contradictions are part of the recent agreement on Article 50. If the latest Times report is correct EU officials and diplomats were irritated by Mr Davis’s remark at the weekend that the withdrawal agreement was just a “statement… Read more