The Staggers 22 May 2012 Moving the goalposts? Tax cuts vs spending cuts Print HTML Very odd line from Matthew Sinclair's response to Nick Pearce's response to the Taxpayers' Alliance's report on cutting tax: Nick Pearce fudges the point about the Scandinavian economies by citing tax revenue as a share of national income when, for a whole load of reasons, spending is a much more reliable variable in this instance. Pearce's response focused on taxes because that's what the TPA's report was about. Look, it even says tax on the front cover. Twice: Of course, the Taxpayers' Alliance are just as in favour of spending cuts as tax cuts, but for a whole load of reasons, they didn't call their report Close the NHS (and 94 other ways of cutting £120bn from spending). The thing seems like a bit of a bait-and-switch. › Opinionomics | 22 May 2012 Osborne has a pound. But is it spending, or is it taxation? Photograph: Getty Alex Hern is a technology reporter for the Guardian. He was formerly staff writer at the New Statesman. You should follow Alex on Twitter. From only £1 a week Subscribe More Related articles Will George Osborne soften the tax credit cuts for low-earners? The free market? There's no such thing Where do Labour go from here?