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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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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

Ricardian Equivalence is dead. Long live Keynes!

Introduction In this piece, I show how government spending on capital projects can be beneficial to the private sector. The demonstration shows the oft-cited objection to government spending, so called Ricardian Equivalence, is not correct. I use an example, which hints at the proposed HS2 rail project, to make my point. I also use accepted … Continue reading

Beware the ideas of IDS

Introduction I am a proponent of Negative Income Tax (NIT). I am because it can deliver social security via a basic income, because it is simple and cheap to administer, and because it is libertarian. In this piece, I try to set out why implementing NIT in Britain does not require any radical surgery to … Continue reading

Using the tax system to deliver a living wage

In a previous post, I proposed a formula for calculating income tax that would provide for a  negative income tax. I did so because I believe a negative income tax system would be simpler, fairer, more humane, technically more feasible , and cheaper to develop than the current Universal Credit project being rolled out by … Continue reading