Daily Archives: March 12, 2008

Jim Pickard

Of all the people to fall foul of, Tory MP Bob Spink ended up with Bill Sharp, who is 6ft 5in and weighs 18 stone. Sharp is deputy chairman of Spink’s local Tory association at Castle Point, Essex.

It is the personal enmity between these two men which lies behind the departure of Spink from the Tory party today. Read more

Jim Pickard

What to make of Alistair Darling and his sunny forecasts? It takes an exceptional orator to combine such dour delivery with such optimistic content.

Last time I looked, the stock market had collapsed by about 15 per cent, house prices had fallen four months in a row and mortgage applications had slumped. Read more

Here is are some snippets from the budget documents. I’ll start with the bad news.

- Falling share prices will hit capital gains receipts in 2009 by an undisclosed amount. Inheritance tax receipts are also likely to be “adversely effected” Read more