Legalising cannabis – sense or a step in the wrong direction?

Posted on November 27th, 2016.

A report by Volteface with the think tank, Adam Smith Institute, is looking to stimulate fresh thinking on legalising and regulating cannabis. The report has support from several cross-party MPs. Given that governments throughout the Western world are making efforts to stop people smoking tobacco, should they be becoming more liberal about drug use? One […]

Should we abolish the television licence fee?

Posted on November 10th, 2016.

Television licence fees are not strictly a tax, but the almost universal ownership of televisions means that it is all but a household tax. Even the primary method of collection relies on a database of “approximately 31 million licensed and unlicensed addresses”. This is used to inform the authorities (TV Licensing) or their contractor if […]

Will the new £1 coin double the income of the fraudsters?

Posted on November 7th, 2016.

The £1 coin has proved durable since its introduction in 1983. Many coins in circulation now still date back to that year. The average life of a coin in circulation is more than forty years. In contrast the £1 banknotes they replaced lasted on average nine months. It has also proved useful for vending machines […]

Why are companies with a pension deficit allowed to pay dividends?

Posted on November 5th, 2016.

There has been much publicity following the collapse of BHS and the consequent loss of 11,000 jobs. A company founded in 1928. It is the biggest failure in the retail industry since the collapse of Woolworths in 2008. It has left 8,000 staff and a further 3,000 contractors who worked in the stores without a […]

Hard, soft or scrambled but how does Hammond eggs Brexit?

Posted on November 2nd, 2016.

Whatever your views are on the Brexit decision, there is inevitability going to be some short-term economic disruption. These are major changes, and there will be a prolonged period of uncertainty. Rather than arguing against the democratic will of the electorate, the issue now is how to provide a boost to the economy. Investment in […]

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