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Blogs by Tim Knox

Tim Knox was Director of the CPS from 2011-2017. Before he was Director, Tim 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.

  • Stop injecting recovering addict with ultra-loose money

    Stop injecting recovering addict with ultra-loose money

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

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

    | 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 ...
  • Spreading the wealth around (UK version)

    Spreading the wealth around (UK version)

    | 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 ...
  • Right about quite a lot

    Right about quite a lot

    | 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 ...
  • The Financial Transactions Tax: the war is not over

    The Financial Transactions Tax: the war is not over

    | 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” ...
  • Phoenix Free School rises again... and is accepted!

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

    | 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 ...
  • Public Sector Productivity

    Public Sector Productivity

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

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

    | 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 ...
  • QE - The Side Effects

    QE - The Side Effects

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    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 ...
  • More Barber than Howe?

    More Barber than Howe?

    | 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 ...
  • Time for a positive economic vision

    Time for a positive economic vision

    | 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 ...
  • Well done, Prime Minister! Now go for an election!

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

    | 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 ...
  • End complacency on Tobin  - it may be coming our way soon

    End complacency on Tobin - it may be coming our way soon

    | Economy
    For too long, the UK Government and many leading UK institutions have failed to see the extraordinary threat to our national interest posed by the Tobin Tax (technically known as the Financial Transactions Tax and popularly known as the Robin Hood Tax). A Holy Trinity of Bill ...
  • Isolationist. Extremist. Little Englander. Xenophobic. Bonkers

    Isolationist. Extremist. Little Englander. Xenophobic. Bonkers

    | Foreign Policy
    “Teem, I vant diss pamphlet to be my svansunk.” My conversations with the great Professor Peter Bauer were always rather fraught. Over sixty years after leaving Budapest, he still spoke with a thick Hungarian accent. On top of that, he was now hard of hearing. And ...
  • Shout if you see Ed Llewellyn in Waterstones

    Shout if you see Ed Llewellyn in Waterstones

    | General
    The most bizarre couple of sentences that I have read recently came from Jonathan Powell's memoir, The New Machiavelli.Powell, then Chief of Staff to Tony Blair, is writing about the immediate aftermath of 9/11:"After 9/11 it was clear that military action was essential, but we were all a ...