Blog

SAS: Che Guevara t-shirts aren't woke

by Duncan Simpson, Policy Analyst The terrorist chic of the Che Guevara t-shirt has had remarkable staying power. If you put his name into eBay, you get a staggering 36,000 results. Yet leading figures on the left and their media cheerleaders have long excused him. This perceived trendiness is pernicious.... Read more...

The costs of a Garden Tax

It’s that time of year again: the bills are going up. April has arrived and brought with it a flood of eye-watering rises, not least the calls to cough up yet more council tax. Across England, the typical household is facing a nasty 4.7 per cent rise. Council leaders are... Read more...

12 years of Town Hall Rich Lists

By Jeremy Hutton, Policy Analyst The TaxPayers’ Alliance released its first Town Hall Rich List in 2007. Since then we have published it 12 times covering 13 years up to the present. When we first compiled the Rich List the data was compiled via Freedom of Information requests. This garnered... Read more...

Why sugar taxes are a bad idea

by Ben Ramanauskas, Policy Analyst The Soft Drinks Industry Levy, more commonly referred to as the sugar tax, came into force one year ago today. Although it’s only been in force for one year, let’s have a look at its impact so far and why sugar taxes are a bad... Read more...

SAS: Socialism and the right to say, read, think and do

by Chloe Westley, Campaign ManagerThe freedom to question and criticise the government is essential for any free and democratic society. Journalists and ordinary citizens should absolutely have the right to hold those in elected office accountable for their actions. In the United Kingdom, the media and journalists are free to... Read more...

What is wrong with corporation tax?

by Ben Ramanauskas, Policy AnalystToday marks April Fools’ Day. We all know the drill: unfunny pranks played on unsuspecting and irritated victims. Perhaps this is why, on this day in 1965, corporation tax was put into effect. It was believed at the time by the tax consultant John Chown that,... Read more...

Aide memoire: why capitalism is the solution to global poverty

by Jeremy Hutton, Policy AnalystOn Monday, we launched the first paper in our new series on foreign aid - First aid: Fixing international development. Massive thanks to Priti Patel, former aid secretary, who joined us for the launch and gave us her insights.  While government is already picking up many... Read more...

Raise a glass to the Celtic Tiger

By Ben Ramanauskas, Policy Analyst With punters pouring into pubs today for St Patrick’s Day, let’s talk about Ireland. It has pulled off one of the most impressive economic u-turns in recent memory. The Republic was hit particularly hard by the global financial crisis and subsequently fell into recession. It... Read more...

The cost of dying is set to rise

UPDATE: Higher probate fees are a tax, admits the government after charge increase for grieving families was introduced to generate an extra £155 million a year by Ben Ramanauskas, Policy AnalystUnder the innocuous sounding ‘Non-Contentious Probate (Fees Order)’, the government looks sets to push ahead with its plans to hike the... Read more...

The tax code is a dog's breakfast

By Ben Ramanauskas, Policy Analyst  After the annual dog show, Crufts, it’s clear that the UK is a nation of animal lovers. According to the PDSA, in their appropriately named “Paw” report, 49 per cent of UK adults own a pet. This breaks down to 11.1 million cats, 8.9 million... Read more...