Lots Of Taxes

In most developed countries tax systems are complex. The tax legislation of the United Kingdom extends to more than 12,000 pages of legislation and many more times that amount of law reports.  The complexity of the tax system is matched by the harshness of the penalties that apply if you fail to pay what somewhere in these 12,000 pages it is written that you should pay.  Continue reading

Darling, you’re unlucky.

In January and February of this year I corresponded with Alistair Darling when he was Secretary of State for Trade about some serious failings and structural flaws in the Department of Trade and Industry’s Low Carbon Building Programme, which provided householders and not for profit organisations with some small grants to install microgeneration.  He never deigned to reply, although I did get a letter from Lord Truscott, a junior minister then, which was not a substantive reply but a boastful mini summary of what the letter writer obviously thought amounted to world beating climate change policies which involved the expenditure of £50 million of taxpayers’ money to support microgeneration. Continue reading