Dieselgate – why did the EC allow this to happen?

I’ve been reading the recent report by Transport and Environment “Mind the Gap 2016” about car fuel efficiency and it makes shocking reading for a number of different reasons. The report focuses on the difference between official tests which produce the emissions data on which we base decisions to buy cars in Europe and the […]

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Happy Yule

Today – 22 December – is the first day of Yule and the beginning of the new solstice year, so Happy Yule to all.

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The tyranny of experts and populism

Experts have been getting a hard time recently, disparaged by a number of politicians. Their credibility diminished in the mind of the common man. Their pronouncements not believed by many. And yet given the complexity of the modern world we need experts to advise on issues, so how have we got here and why does […]

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Life Cycle Assessment – Toilet seats and business sustainability

The hinges on a toilet seat broke and so I thought I would buy the hinges and replace them. Well the manufacturer’s website didn’t have the information and an email to them didn’t elict a response, so what I found myself doing was buying a new plastic toilet seat I didn’t need to acquire the […]

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Tax policy and developing countries – a 2016 update

I’ve been having a number of discussions about how successful the OECD project on Tax and Development has been and the challenges it faces. It was clear from inception that the inherent challenge in the project is that the interests of developed countries do not coincide with those of developing countries in many policy areas. […]

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Luther, Trump and Neo Liberalism

There is a very good piece in the FT today about how we reinvent historical figures for our times on Martin Luther to coincide with the 500th anniversary of Luther nailing his 95 theses to a church door in Wittenberg which would lead to a schism in the Christian church. It set me thinking about […]

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The Daily Mail and HNWI tax

Today’s Daily Mail has the following quote in an article about the tax paid by HNWI in the UK: “More than 2,000 individuals – each worth at least £20million – are suspected of dodging almost £2billion between them. But only one has been successfully prosecuted – and that was back in July 2012. The HM […]

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Apple and Deferred Tax – Will the US get any tax from the Irish structure?

The debate about the state aid challenge to Ireland about Apple has been fascinating and I’ve covered some issues in a previous blog. But what has also interested me  is the discussion about when the US tax on the profits which accrue in Ireland will be paid and which government is foregoing tax to facilitate […]

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State Aid,Ireland, Apple and the US government.

I’ve written a number of pieces about Apple, Google and the Double Irish structure. So I thought that I had better comment on the state aid judgement on Apple. There has been a lot of heat in comments but most have not focussed on the fact that this is a state aid judgement not a […]

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Do people love the Common Agricultural Policy? Opportunities for UK policy.

After the referendum result a number of banners appeared at demonstrations stating “I love the EU”. The question I want to pose is if one loves the EU, does one love the Common Agricultural Policy or CAP? Because you can’t have one without the other. The CAP has been around for a long time, since […]

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