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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.

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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Spreading the wealth around (UK version)

15 November 2013 - Economy

Leading American economist Greg Mankiw has linked to a chart from a recent Congressional Budget Office report which shows the difference between what people receive from the state and what they pay in taxes. This analysis can also be undertaken for the UK, using the Effects of Taxes and Benefits ...

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Right about quite a lot

31 October 2013 - Politics

In a typically excellent article in The Times this morning (subtitled “The Right has been vindicated on energy taxes, Europe and government debt”), Tim Montgomerie asked three rhetorical questions. Breaking Ronald Reagan’s cardinal rule of politics (“There is no limit to the amount of good you can do if you ...

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The Financial Transactions Tax: the war is not over

04 June 2013 - Economy

Reading the headlines on Friday (31 May), it seemed that the EU’s proposals for a Financial Transactions Tax (FTT) were to be dropped. “Europe rows back on FTT plans “ announced the Daily Telegraph;  “The European Union is rowing back on its plan for an 11-nation tax on financial transactions” ...

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Phoenix Free School rises again... and is accepted!

22 May 2013 - Public Services

Following the riots of 2011, the idea of a new Free School staffed entirely by former military personnel was mooted by Tom Burkard and Affan Burki in a report they wrote for the Centre for Policy Studies. Their proposals were originally rejected by the DfE last year. “NEVER SURRENDER!” advised ...

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Public Sector Productivity

22 May 2013 - Economy

This article is an excerpt from our Growth Bulletin, authored by Ryan Bourne 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.It is a generally accepted fact that in the long run, what matters for prosperity ...

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The derivation of “There is no such thing as society”

09 April 2013 - Politics

CPS Director Tim Knox writes on the origin of arguably Lady Thatcher's most famous, and most mischaracterised, quote. Opinion pollsters know that they can never ask the question which they often most want to ask: “why do you say that?”Why? Because those five words can be interpreted in five subtly different ...

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QE - The Side Effects

07 March 2013 -

This article is an excerpt from our Growth Bulletin, authored by Ryan Bourne 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. “An enormous amount of new money has been injected into the economy, now amounting to ...

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More Barber than Howe?

07 December 2012 - Economy

This article is an excerpt from our Growth Bulletin, authored by Ryan Bourne 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. After two and a half years in office, Mrs Thatcher’s government had abolished exchange ...

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Time for a positive economic vision

27 July 2012 - Economy

Ryan Bourne and Tim Knox write on Wednesday's GDP figures and how a bold, positive vision for a more prosperous Britain is required.This article is an extract from our fortnightly growth bulletin, published today. To read it in full, click here. Wednesday’s GDP figures were truly abysmal. Many commentators have noted that ...

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Well done, Prime Minister! Now go for an election!

09 December 2011 - Europe

The Prime Minister’s decisive action last night is greatly welcome. By using the national veto, he has saved our sovereignty, our economic interests and his own reputation.But now comes the hard part. This is only the beginning of a new phase in our relationship with the club-within-a-club of the European ...

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