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Both sides know that the top rate of income tax is mainly symbolic

The Government will publish a 'rail command paper' today

Steve Richards: Bus fares and gas bills now decide votes

Prices are political. On one level this is a statement of the obvious. Of course the price of goods or services is political. Voters get worried or angry about how much things cost. Leaders who want to win elections must take note. Except that for the past three decades, the price of things is not something voters have got especially worked up about.

Ken Livingstone shows his emotions as he watches Labour's mayoral video with Ed Miliband

Tears in his eyes – but will Ken the 'underdog' have last laugh?

Andy McSmith sees Livingstone, the London Mayor's main rival, launch his campaign

Andrew Martin: Please let the French run our railways in future

Brace yourself for some business news. A company called Keolis is bidding for the InterCity West Coast rail franchise, currently operated by Virgin. Keolis is majority-owned by the French state rail operator SNCF, and it is thought the bid might herald a pitch by the same company to run the London-Birmingham High Speed Two line when that is completed.

Andrew Martin: I'd let the French run our trains

Their approach to railways is at once hard-headed and romantic

Small Talk: Seed scheme wins high praise – but there's still a downside

"If the investment doubles in value, your tax-free profit represents a gain of more than 800 per cent"

Osborne backs tax 'transparency'

A US-style system of top politicians' tax returns being published could be considered in the UK, George Osborne indicated as the issue of personal finances continued to dominate the London mayoral race.

London mayoral hopefuls Boris Johnson and Ken Livingstone locked in tax row

A bitter row over candidates' tax affairs was centre stage once again in the fight to be London mayor today as rivals clashed over publication of details of their personal finances.

Diary: Where have all the top-rate taxpayers with 10 kids gone?

When George Osborne announced that he was abolishing child benefit payment for higher earners back in October, he told the Conservative annual conference: "A system that taxes working people at high rates only to give it back in child benefit is very difficult to justify."

Banks to delay bonuses until April to avoid 50p income tax rate next year

Banks are looking at delaying payments of banker bonuses to take advantage of the new 45p tax band announced in the Budget.

Labour leader Ed Miliband and his Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls yesterday gave a pre-Budget speech during which they urged the Chancellor to cut pensions tax relief on the rich to defuse a ‘time bomb’ for low-income families

Matthew Norman: Ed Balls is a gift to this Government

He is the only politician who can make George Osborne look cuddly

John Rentoul: What on earth was Osborne thinking?

The granny tax may have been an oversight, but the 50p tax cut was quite deliberate – and a more serious mistake

Rich to rule in Osborne's new tax regime

The Budget was a blizzard of policies and statistics, but what does it really mean? Pensioners, look away now...

Jeff Romeo, pictured with his wife and children

Child Benefit: Some families still lose out despite welfare climbdown

The threat of losing all child benefit payments was lifted from 750,000 families where at least one parent earns between £42,500 and £60,000.

Ed Miliband condemns top rate tax cut

Labour leader Ed Miliband tore into the Budget today after George Osborne announced plans to cut the top rate of income tax.

Matthew Norman: Labour's tragedy is not its leader – it's the shadow Chancellor

Were Yvette Cooper the opponent, I can't believe Osborne would risk this tax cut braggadocio

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