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I blog about topics that interest me. These topics will include  an eclectic mix of statistics, economics, politics, and philosophy. My background is in Statistics and Accountancy.  I have also taught in higher and further education.

I hope my posts will be brief, to the point, interesting, accurate and illuminating. Comments are welcome.

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Is the UK’s tax burden too high?

Introduction On December 2 2018, Jacob Rees-Mogg tweeted “The tax burden is too high”. His assertion derived from an analysis of historical data undertaken by the Taxpayers’ Alliance (TPA) which had been commissioned by the Sunday Telegraph. The TPA reported that the tax to GDP ratio had reached a new high of 34.6%, breaking the … Continue reading

Negative Income Tax For Dummies

Personal Allowances The UK income tax system ostensibly gives all income tax payers an identical allowance which exempts the first slice of an individual’s market income from income tax. This exemption is known as the personal allowance and is set by parliament each year. For the current year it stands at £11,500. Basic Rate (20%) … Continue reading

How to do a heli drop

Purpose of this piece This piece proposes and illustrates a scheme whereby helicopter money can be delivered within existing legal and accounting constraints. It shows that it is legally and technically feasible to deliver. Legal constraints The chief legal constraint is on the UK government which is forbidden to borrow from its banker, the Bank … Continue reading