Daylight Robbery


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Why the way we are taxed is broken - and what we need to do to make it work now and in the future

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Dominic Frisby is perhaps the world's only financial writer and comedian. He writes a weekly investment column for Moneyweek about gold. He has also written for publications including the Guardian and the Independent. His one man show, Let's Talk About Tax was a hit at the Edinburg Fringe Festival and was turned into a book, Daylight Robbery, published by Penguin Business. He has hosted two financial comedy shows for BBC Radio 4, More Money than Sense with Andy Zatzman, Shazia Mirza and Paul Sinha and Damned Lies with Sir David Spiegelhalter. His substack, The Flying Frisby, has 10,000 subscribers, is one of the UK's most popular financial Substacks.


With dazzling clarity, Frisby illuminates just how much of history is explained by arguments over tax, from Magna Carta to the American civil war to today's political debates. This entertaining, surprising, contrarian book is a tour de force
*Matt Ridley, author of The Evolution of Everything*

An engaging and informative trip through tax history that leads on to some radical suggestions for the future. A must-read for anyone thinking about how our tax system should be structured
*Roger Bootle, author of The AI Economy*

A real page-turner! Dominic Frisby's historical interpretation and utopian ideas will outrage Left and Right. Both should read this book!
*Steve Baker, MP for Wycombe, member of the House of Commons Treasury Committee*

In this spectacular gallop through history, Frisby shows how taxation has warped, stunted and thwarted human progress. An absolute must-read for anyone who thinks higher taxes are the answer to our ills. Should be compulsory reading for anyone who aspires to high political office!
*Mark Littlewood, Director General, Institute of Economic Affairs*

A fascinating book which exposes the political and economic basis of tax. A must read for those of us who believe in simpler, lower taxes
*Rt Hon Liz Truss, MP for South West Norfolk, Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade*

It has been said that the income tax created more criminals than any other single act of government. Dominic Frisby masterfully delves into the fascinating topic of taxation, vividly bringing it to life
*Jon Matonis Monetary Economist*

An utterly gripping account of the impact of taxes on the course of civilisation
*Simon Evans, Comedian*

A fantastic education on the surprising ways tax policies have shaped mankind's past and will impact our future
*Roger Ver, Chairman,*

A brilliant book full of insights into how governments have fleeced us down the ages. This is a must read for anyone interested in how technology might at last tilt things back in favour of the citizen rather than the state
*Douglas Carswell, MP for Clacton, Co-founder Vote Leave*

How when and where we pay tax affects everything - how and where we work, how we save, when we retire, whether we marry or not, whether we live in houses we own or not and sometimes even how many children we have. Few of us think properly about the way this shapes our lives and societies. With this well-written and hugely engaging book Dominic Frisby might be about to change that
*Merryn Somerset Webb, Editor in chief of Moneyweek*

A great read
*George Galloway, former Member of Parliament, broadcaster and bestselling author of I'm Not the Only One*

Both amusing and informative, you'll come away with a much deeper understanding of what taxation is all about
*Bill Bonner, bestselling author of Empire of Debt*

Whether you think your taxes are fair or unfair, too high or too low, you need to read this book
*Greg Moffitt, editor of New Thought*

Highly readable
*Luke Johnson, British entrepreneur and Sunday Times columnist*

A hugely readable, well-researched book about the history, reality and future of tax, which can draw the occasional chuckle! Also an informative tome, which raises important questions about how and why governments are funded
*James Roberts, Political Director at the TaxPayers’ Alliance*

A book about tax, that is readable, fascinating - and fun! Sounds impossible, I know. But that's what Dominic Frisby has written
*Liam Halligan, the Telegraph*

This entertaining, easily read book will make you laugh and arm you for debates
*Heather McGregor, Mrs Moneypenny, The Sunday Times*

Frisby is a moonlighting phenomenon: a finance journalist by day and Edinburgh Fringe comedic star by night, he brings wit to the world of policy-wonkery in a way that is probably unique
*Helen Dale, author of The Hand that Signed the Paper*

Whatever your political leanings, you will find much to enjoy in this entertaining and educational romp through the history of taxation

Please let's let Dominic Frisby loose on the Treasury!
*Jamie Blackett, The Critic*

a fascinating book...educational and fun. You will enjoy it!
*Mish Talk, The Street*

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