Author: Robert Henderson

Who should vote in an EU referendum?

Who will be allowed to vote in a referendum on Britain’s membership of the EU? Will it be anyone resident in Britain? Everyone with citizenship of an EU member state who is resident in Britain? Everyone resident within the European Economic Area (EEA). Or would it be just British citizens? This is a vitally important issue for the OUT camp because the broader the franchise, the greater the advantage to those who want Britain to remain a captive of the EU. Suppose the qualification to vote in the EU referendum was the same as that for the recent Scottish…

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England could be Balkanised by stealth after the 2015 General Election

It is quite clear what the strategy is of all Westminster Parties apart from the Tories and Ukip : they are desperate to Balkanise England. English votes for English laws (EVEL) will not work for practical reasons such as who decides on what is an exclusively English law and the differing powers granted to the Scottish parliament and Welsh and Northern Ireland Assemblies. But it is probably necessary for it to be tried and to be seen to fail before the only honest constitutional solution – an English Parliament – is accepted by the Tories. The danger is that…

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The principles of taxation – a guide for politicians – Part 3

By the end of Part 2, we had covered the first 10 points, now we conclude with the remaining six 11. Imagine that a government decided to abolish income tax To illustrate the difficulties of dramatic tax change, let us suppose that a government wished to abolish Income Tax. There are good reasons why a government might: Greater personal freedom. Income Tax is the most obvious tax through a person’s wage slip. Greater incentive to work. But how to make up the 30% shortfall if income tax is abolished? All the obvious things to tax in Britain are already…

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The Principles of Taxation – Part 2

In Part 1 we introduced the 16 considerations controlling taxation, and detailed the first 5 of them. Now, in Part 2 we move on with the next 5. 6. Taxation in a command economy In an unashamed command economy such as that of the Soviet Union, the line between taxation and income is seemingly notional, because what each person officially earns is determined by the state. However, tax in its broad sense is there in the amount which the state takes from the individual in terms of labour and product. Simply put, the individual works and the state takes…

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The principles of taxation – a guide for politicians – Part 1

In this 3-part article, we will explore 16 different ideas that can help shape taxation policy. They are: Taxation is inevitable How much tax will people bear? What counts as taxation? Visible and invisible tax Hypothecated tax Taxation in a command economy Taxation in a market economy Social and economic engineering Fairness in taxation Which taxes raise the money? Imagine that a government decided to abolish income tax Local taxes The circumstances of a tax can change Non-taxation measures How governments constrain themselves Do not confuse tax raising with political ends So, let’s start at number 1 and work…

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