Taxing the rich is extremely popular with the main political parties. It is based on two propositions. The rich have more money to tax. Taxing the rich is popular with many who are not rich. So what could go wrong?
By Steve Parkhurst, Senior Editor, USDR.
Looking at the news and opinion out of London each day.
They tell pollsters they agree with liberal policies – but in the privacy of the polling booth, vote differently
This is gesture politics, the stuff of student union debates, and the Tories are doing themselves no favours by being dragged into the fray
The Tory campaign is narrow, repressed and uninspiring and Labour’s is little better
Nigel Farage has created a modern working-class party whose long-term target is Labour
This Conservative campaign is the best shot at victory. And it is too late to change it anyway. But while it shouldn’t be torn up it can certainly be tweaked.
As I swink in the field of Thatcher studies, this book brings refreshment. It is a welcome and rare. Far too many writers attitudinise about Margaret Thatcher (for and against) rather than studying her. I doubt the author likes Thatcher much, but all the more credit to her that she makes a fair-minded effort to understand what she believed about God, and how she succeeded and failed in applying her beliefs.
If the election in England is the political equivalent of trench warfare with Labour and the Tories inching forwards and then back, what’s going on in Scotland is a rout with the SNP driving all before it. What is remarkable is how the Nationalists are even in with a chance of winning seats such as Edinburgh South West that voted No by a more than twenty point margin.
He is up four points.
There is a conspiracy among politicians and broadcasters not to mention the really important issues facing Britain
Until Lynton Crosby answers these questions on his tax affairs, David Cameron has zero credibility on tax avoidance
There are already enough suspicions that the Tory party is the political wing of the tax avoidance industry
A Candidate’s Diary: Badgers, kippers and same sex marriage – though not necessarily all at the same time…
Take it all with a pinch of salt. Do your best and, cometh the hour, “treat those two imposters just the same”.
The NHS will have to become much more productive to survive. Not that you’d know it from this election campaign.
The inconvenient truth is this: the UK has significantly worse outcomes than many other advanced countries which deliver universal access to healthcare.
Tony Blair’s sermon on Europe was intended to undermine the man who seeks his crown
The former PM is poles apart from Labour’s leader — but at least they agree on a way forward in Europe
This Easter I have been re reading the Anglican Bishops letter for the General Election. It doesn’t make better reading the second time round. Rather it does now seem even more unfair and inaccurate given how the economy has developed.
What they want is to funnel less of their salary into the pockets of landlords
Dan Hodges looks at how each of the parties coped with the long weekend and the debate fallout
Principles, values and a view of the world are more important than an interminable list
Farage’s crass brand of dog-whistle politics has shamefully found an echo in all three mainstream parties
If the Conservatives win the most seats but Labour forms the Government, over half of party members think Cameron should remain Party leader
And over two in five think he should not.
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