The Weaponisation of Tax

  To use current political jargon, tax is the latest issue to be “weaponised” by the political parties, as the leak of a large tranche of secret HSBC bank accounts in Switzerland put tax avoidance and evasion at the heart of the political and media agenda. This should come as no surprise. Tax avoidance has …

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UKIP: The truly national party?

  Nigel Farage kicked off UKIP’s general election campaign with his first major speech of the year. High on rhetoric, low in substance, the content was still nonetheless revealing. Farage told the crowd gathered in Essex that UKIP was the only “truly national political party”. At quick glance such a statement is easy to dismiss …

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Steven Woolfe discusses UKIP’s pro business agenda at Cicero Elections event

Cicero Elections was delighted to welcome Steven Woolfe MEP, Migration and Financial Affairs Spokesman for UKIP, to a roundtable event.    Chaired by Cicero Group Account Director Cameron Penny, the event discussed Mr Woolfe’s thoughts on a number of critical issues for UK and international businesses. Among the topics debated were UKIP’s approach to European …

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PMQs – Tax Evasion and the City

Well, that was enlightening. It was inevitable that Ed Miliband would go on HSBC, tax evasion, Tory donors and Lord Green. It was equally inevitable that David Cameron would shout until he was hoarse about Labour’s record on tackling evasion, Ed Balls tenure as City Minister and Labour’s reliance on trade union funding. On days …

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How much do polls shift in the last 90 days?

  Just under 90 days to go.  Do the polls give us any pointers from the past? There is an interesting exercise we can do.  Take the last 10 general elections, and take the polling averages for all the parties with just under 90 days to go to the final vote. In other words, take …

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Mr Gladstone’s ghost

  A minority left-of-centre government sustained by – but not in formal coalition with – a regional party? It’s not just a post May-2015 scenario.  We’ve been here before. History may have some interesting lessons for those who may find themselves round a negotiating table on May 8th. To start with, we have to go …

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Message Matters: What if the SNP wins dozens of seats?

  Looking back over the last half-century or so, from the 1960s until the summer of 2014, the popularity of nationalism in Scotland has been relatively static. When polled, between one-quarter and one-third of us consistently indicated that we wanted to be independent from the rest of the UK, with the rest of us wishing …

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