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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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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Shut up Bill Nighy!

Bill Nighy is a great actor. I like his work. Always have done. He’s eloquent, engaging and highly articulate. Yet he’s utterly wrong, foolish, naïve and strangely motivated by this incomprehensible idea that a financial transaction tax would be a good idea. In simple terms the financial transaction tax (sometimes known as a Tobin tax) […]

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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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