Ex-chancellor warns over 'excessive' tax burden. By Dan Martin

Gordon Brown is presiding over an unhealthy culture of excessive taxation and red tape, former chancellor Nigel Lawson has claimed.

In the latest criticism that Brown’s tax policies are driving businesses out of the UK and threatening London’s position as one of the world's leading financial centres, Lord Lawson called on Brown to slash taxes.

Writing in a pamphlet published by the Centre for Policy Studies (CPS), Lawson said: "Over the past ten years both the burden and the complexity have greatly increased – the latter mind-bogglingly so.

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