Blogs by Tim Knox

Tim Knox

Tim Knox

Before his appointment as Director of the Centre for Policy Studies, Tim Knox was the Editor at the CPS - a position in which he was responsible for publishing papers by every Conservative leader since Mrs Thatcher as well as by hundreds of leading academics and opinion formers.

Labour hasn’t accounted for the ways tax affects behaviour

17 May 2017 - Tax

This piece was originally published by the Times Red Box.It seems so simple, logical even. At first glance. First, you just calculate how much a tax rate generates for the Treasury. Then you do the simple calculation to show how much more the Treasury would get if you put up ...

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What the Conservative manifesto should pledge on tax

05 May 2017 - Tax

This piece was originally published by the Telegraph as part of their General Election series.The world of work is changing quickly – and the extraordinary success of the Government in presiding over an economy with almost full employment is a tribute to the broadly flexible nature of the UK labour market. ...

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What the Conservative manifesto should pledge on housing

03 May 2017 - Housing

This piece was originally published by the Telegraph as part of their General Election series. A great opportunity faces the next government. Popular demand for new housing has never been higher. In 2010, the British Social Attitudes Survey found that 46% of respondents said they would oppose any new homes being built in their ...

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We need a pledge on a royal commission for the NHS

01 May 2017 - Healthcare

One of the great arguments by those who support the NHS is that it is “fair”; a millionaire at a GP or an NHS hospital will get exactly the same treatment as someone on the lowest income.At least, supposedly.A recent report from the ONS shows that if you live in a smart ...

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How May can be as bold as Thatcher or Attlee

20 April 2017 - Politics

This article was originally published by the Times Red Box.A strong economy. A Labour Party facing, in the words of Polly Toynbee, “its darkest night”. 4 million former UKIP voters who can now only – logically – support the Conservatives. A Liberal Party which can fit all its MPs into ...

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Our foreign aid commitment is unnecessary – let free trade take its place

20 April 2017 - International Aid

This article was originally published in the Daily Telegraph Comment section and on the Telegraph website.In the three decades between 1981 and 2010, extreme poverty fell dramatically, all across the planet. Over half the people in the developing world were then condemned to lives of abject poverty, according to the ...

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Why defence matters

11 March 2015 - Foreign Policy

"...The defence budget is one of the very few elements of public expenditure that can truly be described as essential. This point was well-made by a robust Labour Defence Minister, Denis (Now Lord) Healey, many years ago: 'Once we have cut expenditure to the extent where our security is imperilled, ...

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The astonishing prescience of Zbiginiew Brzezinski

07 November 2014 - Foreign Policy

In January 1988, Mikhail Gorbachev’s Perestroika and Glasnost reforms were in their infancy. Yes, it was clear that the Soviet Union was changing; and that its satellites in Eastern Europe were restless. But that had happened before. Few thought then that all was about to change – utterly.That same month, however, ...

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Either Miliband is stupid (he isn't) or he thinks we are

23 September 2014 - Tax

Ed Miliband has today pledged to increase spending on the NHS if successful in next year’s general election. Already costing £113bn in 2013/2014, the NHS has attracted much criticism regarding its inefficiency and expense.The Labour leader has explained that his party’s further increase in NHS spending will be funded by ...

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Can satire beat real life?

12 September 2014 - Culture

I have just been sent, by Clapham Picturehouse, an invitation to “In Conversation with Russell Brand: a frank discussion between Russell Brand and the Guardian’s renowned journalist and commentator Owen Jones”.While it is wonderful that political debate, wherever it is on the political spectrum, is broadcast to a wide audience, ...

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Falling dependency but still too high

30 June 2014 - Economy

This article is an excerpt from the CPS Growth Bulletin, written by Adam Memon and Tim Knox. To read the full article, click here. To sign up for our mailings, use the form on the left of our newsletter page.The latest ONS data release on the effects of taxes and benefits on household ...

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A Norma Desmond Budget?

28 February 2014 - Economy

This article is an excerpt from our fortnightly Growth Bulletin, written by Adam Memon and Tim Knox. To read the full article, click here. To sign up for our mailings, use the form on the left of our newsletter page.Norma Desmond’s retort in Sunset Boulevard (“You used to be in silent pictures. You ...

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We cannot afford an anti-business agenda

31 January 2014 - Economy

This article is an excerpt from our Growth Bulletin, written by Adam Memon, Brian Sturgess and Tim Knox. To read the full article, click here. To sign up for our mailings, use the form on the left of our newsletter page.GDP AND EMPLOYMENT ACCELERATERecently released data on GDP and employment continue to show ...

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Stop injecting recovering addict with ultra-loose money

17 January 2014 - Economy

This article is an excerpt from our Growth Bulletin, authored by Adam Memon and Tim Knox. To read the full article, click here. To sign up for our mailings, use the form on the left of our newsletter page.

  • Economy would be between 17% and 21% larger without impact of Recession.
  • Recovery taking longer than ...

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If 2013 was a good year for the CPS...

20 December 2013 - General

IF 2013 WAS A GOOD YEAR FOR THE CPS...Some highlights:

  • Last Tuesday’s announcement that the Davies Commission has short-listed a variant of our Heathrow Hub: Jock Lowe and Mark Bostock’s proposals for a simple, cheap, quiet and privately funded solution to the UK’s airport problem are on the short list – the only think tank solution to ...

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