Government cowers in the face of the White Van Man (WVM)

In scrapping the proposed tax rise for the self-employed, Philip Hammond bottled an opportunity to get to grips with a changing labour market

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Philip Hammond’s announcement in last week’s budget that he would raise National Insurance contributions (NICs) for the self-employed was savaged from the start, seen in particular as an attack on male drivers of a certain vehicle of a certain colour.

“Hammond hits White Van Man,” declared the Metro the following morning, while the Sun screamed: “Spite Van Man”. Continue reading Government cowers in the face of the White Van Man (WVM)