John O Connell
John O’Connell joined the TPA in June 2009. As Research Director John oversees the TPA’s research output, and has a personal focus on government institutions (with a particular focus on quangos), local government waste and general public sector productivity. Before work at the TPA John worked in retail, spent a short time at the Hampstead and Highgate Express, and then Dods (the political communications firm). He attended Nottingham Trent University, where he received a bachelor’s degree in Politics, and then University College London, where he obtained a Masters degree in European Public Policy.

Entries by John O Connell

Generation Screwed

(0) Comments | Posted 27 March 2015 | (11:22)

"We're paying down our debts!" You'll hear that a lot during the Election. Politicians might be playing with words, but the words hide a nasty truth - the national debt has rocketed up, year after year.

A poll back in 2012 showed that just 6 per cent...

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Stop the Energy Swindle

(1) Comments | Posted 4 July 2013 | (14:53)

How to tackle the rising cost of living will be a key dividing line at the next election. Most people are feeling the pinch, whether it's the cost of filling up the car or picking up the weekly shop. This is particularly acute with stagnant wages being outstripped by inflation.

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The Single Income Tax Would Be Fairer

(57) Comments | Posted 23 May 2012 | (00:00)

There are all sorts of weird disparities in our tax system. Why should paying yourself through a company instead of being paid directly by your employer change what tax rate you pay? Why should debt get a better deal than equity, or share buybacks a better deal than dividends?


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Taxpayer Funding of Trade Unions

(5) Comments | Posted 25 November 2011 | (07:55)

The TaxPayers' Alliance has released new research this morning, revealing that the equivalent of 2,840 full time public sector staff work for trade unions. That is more staff than the British Transport Police have officers. The Department for Work and Pensions has over 300 full time equivalent staff...

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Tax Transparency is Just as Important as Spending Transparency

(0) Comments | Posted 5 November 2011 | (13:19)

The Government has made very good progress on introducing full spending transparency. Councils now publish all spending over £500, with the exception of Nottingham. The Treasury's COINS database was released. Procurement contracts are posted online, and updated in real time. Whitehall pay and benefits are now more transparent than ever....

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