James Max - James Max is a broadcaster, columnist and business expert


Why tax isn’t coming down any time soon


In the run-up to The Budget, posturing and discussion will always dominate the headlines. What tax should go?Which should stay?Who should pay more? And what loopholes should close? Although, for many reasons, the tax burden should be reduced. It won’t be. Wages have not increased to take account of the rises in taxation that we […]

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Fixing the nation’s High Streets


With a great fanfare, Mary Portas the TV face of shopping was appointed by the government to review the future of our high streets. She has made 28 recommendations in her report that was published on the 12th December. If you want to take a look for yourself, here they are. Much of what Mary […]

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A good deal for Branson

The sale of Northern Rock by the Government to Richard Branson’s Virgin Money is probably the deal of the century. For Mr Branson, anyway. When Northern Rock was nationalised, it was split in two. In essence, good bank and bad bank. We, the taxpayers, still have the bad bit. It owes the Treasury £21 billion. […]

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It’s time for a reality check on unemployment

Unemployment is up. What we need is an attitude change. Not a raft of political rhetoric, disturbance or social engineering plan to shift wealth. The figures make for a grim read. 2.62 million unemployed at the last count. 1.02 million of those are aged between 16 and 24. Regardless of your political leanings, this is […]

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We must solve the problem of youth unemployment

Youth unemployment has hit 991,000 in the UK. It’s very bad news. However politicians of all sides should stop the rhetoric and start with action. Before we can work out the right plan to get people back to work, we had better understand what’s going wrong. You cannot put every youngster who is out of […]

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Financial waste is all around

Until we understand what government spends, how can a sensible judgment over cuts ever be made? Understandably the public and the media got themselves into a frenzy over MP’s and their expenses. A principle of trust had been broken. Elliot Morley was one of the MP’s found guilty and jailed. After serving just a quarter […]

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Banking report – another nail in the coffin of UK plc


The Independent Commission on Banking has published its report. It’s aspirations for our banks to compete around the world, lend to families and businesses whilst being a safe place to save are right. Sadly the conclusions and findings are wrong. If implemented in full, we’ll see less financial services operations based in the UK, fewer […]

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50p tax rate – it’s the ideologists who should flee the country – not our high earners


Give me a single argument to defend the 50 pence tax rate that makes any sense. Let me answer that for you. There isn’t one. With that in mind, the top rate of tax should go. And quickly. The economists who have urged the government to drop the 50p rate are right. Just because a […]

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Britain’s housing market is in a mess – we need a housing strategy


We all know the housing market is struggling. As usual, however, those responsible for the mess are busy excusing themselves of any action THEY should be taking to grease the market wheels. Let’s start with the pundits. There are, after all, rather a lot of them. Economists are the worst. They extrapolate figures that were […]

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