George Osborne has one last chance to be truly radical

In the spring of 2009, Alistair Darling made one of the most significant changes in British economic policy of the last decade. He broke the taboo on pushing up the top rate of income tax, increasing it to 50% for high-earners from the 40% that Margaret Thatcher’s chancellor, Nigel Lawson, had set two decades earlier. Five years later, despite a Tory-led coalition, it is still at 45%, and shows little sign of coming back down.

In his heart of hearts, Darling probably knew he was presenting the last Labour budget for some time. His party leader Gordon Brown probably knew [...]

MoneyWeek magazine

Latest issue:

Magazine cover
Russia's land grab

What it means for your money

The UK's best-selling financial magazine. Take a FREE trial today.
Claim 4 FREE Issues
Shale gas 'fracking' promises to transform Britain's energy market. Find out what it is, what it means, and how to invest.

More from MoneyWeek

What you should really do with your money (2014 Edition)

How to buy and sell penny shares

A beginner's guide to investing in gold

How to invest in British fracking