I’ve just been on the sharp end of HMRCs rather dodgy tax computers. I read stories about them spitting out incorrect tax codes and causing all sorts of mayhem, but I never thought it would happen to me. Continue reading “An early Christmas present from HMRC’s dodgy computers suggests trouble ahead?”
The final point I want to make is about the “dog that didn’t bark” in Mr Osborne’s Autumn Statement. What could, and should Britain look like After Austerity? Continue reading “After Austerity: What Happens After You’ve Slain the Deficit Dragon, George?”
The second major thing wrong with today’s Autumn Statement was the usual political spin embedded in Mr Osborne’s “it weren’t me guv” plea.
According to the Chancellor, supposedly aided and abetted by the OBR, the poorer than expected economic results, and knock-on poorer than expected public finances, is all down to those rotten Continentals over in the Eurozone (EZ). Continue reading “The Autumn Statement Blame Game: Austerity Agitprop and the Double (Triple) Dip (#SR2013)”
George Osborne delivered his Autumn Statement today to general critical declaim.
Let me begin with a rather geeky gripe about the Autumn Statement. It was a mini-Budget, indeed a mini-Spending Review, rather than an Autumn Statement. In this George Osborne has gone one up on his predecessor, Alistair Darling, who has famously said he delivered 6 Budgets in his 3 years as Chancellor (in his book ‘Back from the Brink’). Continue reading “Geeky Gripes About the Autumn Statement. (#SR2013)”