Good sense from Osborne, Eagle Eye

Good sense from Osborne

The Chancellor has just delivered a thoughtful speech to the American Enterprise Institute in Washington. I thought this section, rebutting Ed Miliband’s “broken link” and “hollowed out middle” theses, was clear and persuasive:
I believe that if we reward hard work and support people’s aspirations to provide a better life for their family then there is [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Friday, 11 April 2014 at 8:56 pm

The Definition of Marriage, Eagle Eye

The Definition of Marriage

These are tumultuous times for the LGBT movement, with each passing year bringing exhilaration and despair in roughly equal measure.

By | Eagle Eye | Thursday, 13 February 2014 at 7:54 pm

Wealth more equal in UK than Germany or Sweden, Eagle Eye

Wealth more equal in UK than Germany or Sweden

Someone asked me today how inequality in South Africa compared with that in the United States.* I don’t know if they were trying to make the point that Nelson Mandela had failed to achieve an egalitarian paradise, which would have been a pretty daft point to score.
To answer the question, income appears to be more [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Friday, 6 December 2013 at 9:32 pm

Boris Blows It, Eagle Eye

Boris Blows It

I have already commented on Boris Johnson’s Margaret Thatcher lecture here, here and in The Independent on Sunday today, where I say his mischievous identification with the right wing of the Conservative Party has harmed his chances of winning the leadership.
Or, as I put it, Theresa May has just come a little closer to being [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Sunday, 1 December 2013 at 3:17 pm

Do the rich really pay too much tax?, Chunomics

Do the rich really pay too much tax?

If you funnel more high incomes through a progressive income tax system (of the sort we we have in Britain) you will see those on higher incomes paying a higher share of the total take. It doesn’t mean, as some newspapers imply, that the very wealthiest have been bashed like pinatas by a rich-hating state.

By | Chunomics, Eagle Eye | Monday, 25 November 2013 at 12:36 pm

Cameron and Inequality II, Eagle Eye

Cameron and Inequality II

Fair to say that there has been some customer resistance to the idea that disposable incomes have become more equally distributed since David Cameron became Prime Minister, which he claimed in the House of Commons yesterday and about which I wrote for Independent Voices and here.
Commenters below the line simply refuse to believe the evidence. [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Thursday, 7 November 2013 at 3:31 pm

Cameron on Inequality, Eagle Eye

Cameron on Inequality

I have a comment on Prime Minister’s Questions at Independent Voices, which I repeat here so that you can see the graph, of inequality, as measured by the Gini coefficient, from 1977 to 2011/12.
Cameron made a good defence of the Government’s record, for once. He was ably assisted by four supporters: Ed Miliband; John Cryer, [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Wednesday, 6 November 2013 at 2:40 pm

Wealth more equal in UK than in France or Germany, Eagle Eye

Wealth more equal in UK than in France or Germany

Figures on the inequality of wealth are harder to come by than those on the inequality of income. I recently commented on a welcome new official series, the Wealth and Assets Survey, which suggested that – contrary to popular myth – there had been no big change in the distribution of wealth since the 1980s. On the [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Monday, 21 October 2013 at 6:15 pm

The Poorest Fifth, Eagle Eye

The Poorest Fifth

It’s not often ministers use the word “quintile”, and probably even rarer that they use the phrase “quintile group” correctly.

By | Eagle Eye | Sunday, 29 September 2013 at 1:53 pm

“Fairness”: a 3.9% cut for the poor; a 4% cut for the rich, Eagle Eye

“Fairness”: a 3.9% cut for the poor; a 4% cut for the rich

“To ensure fairness, we are making sure that those with the broadest shoulders bear the greatest burden.” George Osborne, in his email to supporters after the Spending Round.
Only just; only by a whisker of a tenth of one per cent, a figure that is bound to be revised. Here is the Chart of Everything from [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Wednesday, 26 June 2013 at 6:01 pm

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