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Osborne’s banking levy falls short of IMF benchmark

George Osborne’s planned financial services levy is a lamentable failure according to international benchmarks. The IMF has called for any banking tax in Britain to be set at £6 billion. Last week, Left Foot Forward highlighted the socially regressive nature of the … Continue reading

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IMF rebuffs critics and poses questions for financial transaction tax fans

The IMF has finally released its long-awaited report into financial transaction taxes (FTT).  The report does not seek to endorse or dismiss the idea, but rather provide a categorical analysis and evaluation of the history and full workings of any … Continue reading

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How Ed Miliband can become the Tobin Tax’s greatest leader

Ed Miliband has brought a new purpose and ambition for the centre left. Central to his campaign was a bold economic prospectus calling for fairness and social justice. A financial transaction tax, more commonly known as the ‘Robin Hood Tax’, … Continue reading

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Winning the argument on taxation is the key to reviving the left

We may still be licking their wounds from one of our worst electoral defeats in history, but timidity is no recipe for renewing and building a revitalised progressive force to counter the growing threat posed by the ConDem coalition government. … Continue reading

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Why we need to debate the ‘poverty of ambition’ as well as inequality

One of the key ingredients to the successful renewal of the Labour party as a political force, and indeed as a political movement, is re-kindling our mission as anti-poverty crusaders. Harold Wilson once famously declared that the Labour party “is … Continue reading

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