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Chris Nicholas

Chris Nicholas is a media and technology businessman, having originally studied economics and sociology at Edinburgh University and then qualified as a barrister and in accountancy. For the last ten years he has also written and advised extensively on economic policy and taxation; and is currently writing a book on contemporary capitalism.

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While the superficial sunshine lasts

Chris Nicholas

In going for an early election focused on Brexit, the Conservative government knows even the superficially good economic news is unlikely to last. Four years of GDP growth, high levels of employment, the deficit down to pre-2008 levels and the stock exchange at record highs might all suggest the sun is shining on the British…

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A costly business

Chris Nicholas

Changes in business rates – the equivalent of council tax for businesses – are causing a storm of protest. The property values used to calculate business rates are being updated from the levels set seven years ago (having been deferred for two years to avoid this happening in an election year). As from the 1 April,…

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Budget 2014: A curse on all your vanities

Chris Nicholas

For George Osborne, economics is always an extension of politics by other means. The budget on Wednesday was predictably entirely about next year’s election and, given his limited room to manoeuvre, adept. With Labour still failing to provide a credible economic alternative, the odds of a Conservative return to power are increasing. According to the…