Few stories get my blood boiling like tax evasion.   It’s the section of the emotional Venn diagram where feelings of  anger with politicians, helplessness about the poorest, envy about the richest and frustration with public services, all come together. That is why, to me at least, the HSBC Swiss bank scandal matters.  It shows up the unfairness of the way that HMRC operates and shines a spotlight on the open acceptance of a culture of tax… Read More

Yesterday saw a historic victory for Syriza, the far-left anti-austerity party in the Greek general elections.  Though much expected, it is an exciting moment in European politics – there are claims it is the first significant electoral victory for the hard left in Europe in over 40 years.    With all the wide-eyed fantacism that is weaved into the DNA of socialists, some will inevitably see this is the beginning of the end… Read More

UKIP has its first MP and looks set to get more.  This is good news for our democracy for a number of reasons.  I’ve set out my top five: 1.  UKIP is consistently polling around 20% and won the largest share of the vote in the most recent national election (the Euros).  A party with that level of support should have some say in our formal national politics.  It will also make… Read More