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Happy new tax year – Richard Murphy

I mean it. It’s 6 April. It’s the start of a new tax year. And tax is a good thing. So why not say ‘Happy new tax year’? The obvious response is that no one enjoys paying tax. But I am not sure that’s true. No one actually enjoys paying for anything. Just ask them.

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Trump: from democracy to tyranny.

So, Donald Trump is now President of the United States of America, and its Commander-in-Chief. In his inaugural speech, Trump made no reference to his party, Congress, or any other means by which he expects to accomplish the sweeping change he promised. Instead, he once again promised that he personally will deliver a national restoration:

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Let’s call time on liberalism! We need to talk about capital

By Joel Lazarus. In The Guardian’s Opinion pages, something big is up with ‘liberalism’. David Boyle insists it’s ‘alive and well’, but Kenan Malik says it’s ‘in trouble’ and Gary Younge sees liberals ‘in retreat’. Despite the proliferating paragraphs, pinning down a definition of liberalism is hard-going. Liberalism is apparently ‘Hydra-headed’ and ‘full of contradictions’.