The commentators 06-07-15
We should be cutting taxes all round – cutting the top rate as well as lifting the thresholds and taking the poor out of tax. We should have the most competitive tax regime in Europe. But we need to make clear to the business leaders of this country that we can only cut tax for them at the top if they do the right thing: treat their workers properly and pay them a living wage.
- Boris Johnson, Daily Telegraph
George Osborne must change a tax system that was designed before returns to capital (and especially property) greatly outstripped returns to labour. The Tories cannot be the workers’ party until they discriminate, proudly, between those who earn their money and those who fluke their way into it - Janan Ganesh, Financial Times
Tax should be a method of raising revenue, not of ideological punishment. That is why it is so welcome that Osborne is reportedly going to raise the death duties threshold to £1million for couples so that middle-income families will no longer be brutally penalised for the natural human instinct of wanting to pass on their assets to their children.
- Leo McKinstrey, Daily Express
Simplifying tax is politically risky, because it inevitably creates losers among special interests, who tend to make disproportionately more noise than the dispersed winners. That’s why it is usually only possible when revenues are booming, so the closing of loopholes can be offset by the lowering of rates. Hence now is the time to begin to think about it
- Matt Ridley, The Times
It sounds cynical, but five dead Britons are not enough to drive the puffs from their home at the top of the front page. Especially on a Saturday morning, when the promos are deeper and occupy extra columns in the body of the page. Ten might have been; "at least fifteen" certainly would.
This is why the Star shines today. Hallelujah! News has reclaimed page one. And not only page one, but pages two, three, four and five.
How to cover a massacre: a lesson from the Daily Star
Comment Awards 2015
Anyone can nominate their favourite writer
Friday 12 June, 2015 Are the comment pages and columnists too Londoncentric? And if they are, what is the solution when the financial and political powerhouses are based in the capital?
Does the character or personality of the writer matter? Should we read columnists with whom we violently disagree or is it, as Eleanor Mills suggested, good for the soul but bad for the blood pressure?
Why did the so-called political experts get it so wrong in calling the general election? And will they - and Rupert Murdoch - influence the result of the EU referendum?
All these points and more were addressed under the guidance of Dr Anthony Seldon at the launch of the 2015 Comment Awards last night. Seldon will chair the judging panel for the awards, now in their seventh year.
Nominations are now open and anyone can put forward anyone writing in the UK media - broadcasting, print or online - by submitting the URLS of three articles published between August 1, 2014 and July 31 this year, which is the closing date for entries.
The 17 awards include four new categories: Comment piece of the year for a single piece of excellent writing; Young commentariat; Society and diversity commentator; and Technology and digital commentator.
There is no charge for entries. Details and the nomination forms can be found here.
Oh yes, and who was the most frequently mentioned columnist at last night's event? Matthew Parris? Andrew Rawnsley? Stephen Glover? No. By a country mile, the most discussed writer was Katie Hopkins.
Comment archive, 2015
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