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Blogs by Daniel Mahoney

Daniel joined the Centre for Policy Studies as Head of Economic Research in November 2015. He was promoted to Deputy Director in March 2017. Prior to joining the CPS, he worked in research roles for a number of parliamentarians.

  • Is Nick Clegg’s triple lock behind the rise of Corbyn?

    Is Nick Clegg’s triple lock behind the rise of Corbyn?

    | Fiscal Policy
    This article was initially published on The Times Red Box on 20th October 2017Jeremy Corbyn won a majority of votes in every demographic under 45. There are, of course, many reasons behind this, but one area that has been ignored so far is the way that welfare reform has been ...
  • Are the costs of offshore wind really falling?

    Are the costs of offshore wind really falling?

    | Energy
    A few weeks ago, it was claimed on multiple news outlets that the cost of producing offshore wind power has plummeted over the past couple of years. The BBC claimed that “offshore wind power [is] now cheaper than new nuclear”, while other news outlets even made the claim that offshore wind is now cheaper ...
  • The data which proves socialism – not foreign meddling – is behind Venezuela's crisis

    The data which proves socialism – not foreign meddling – is behind Venezuela's crisis

    | Politics
    This article was published on the Telegraph Online on 6th September 2017This week Parliament debated the deepening chaos in Venezuela. Even today, many Labour MPs, including Jeremy Corbyn himself, continue to apologise for the legacy of Hugo Chavez. Some on the British Left blame the current crisis on meddling by Western ...
  • There is no case for abandoning austerity to splurge on public sector pay

    There is no case for abandoning austerity to splurge on public sector pay

    | Economy
    This article was published by the Telegraph on 13th July 2017.The decision to keep a lid on public sector pay increases was absolutely the right one. Most obviously, the government that introduced a freeze in public sector pay followed by a 1 per cent cap in 2013 had, just a few years earlier, inherited a budget ...
  • How the Tories can win over the young

    How the Tories can win over the young

    | Politics
    In advance of the Queen’s Speech, the stark generational divide emerging from the general election will be sending shivers down the spine of Conservative MPs, with Labour being more popular than the Tories in every age group up to 47. If it wasn’t for Theresa May’s enormous lead among the over 60s, ...
  • The EU cannot afford for the Brexit negotiations to fail

    The EU cannot afford for the Brexit negotiations to fail

    | Europe
    This article was intitally published on CapX on 2nd June 2017A lot has changed since the snap general election was announced on April 17th. While the Conservative Party started the campaign with a lead of more than 20 points over Labour, some opinion polls now have them with as little as ...
  • Britain has come to depend on a small number of rich taxpayers. Raiding them could be disastrous

    Britain has come to depend on a small number of rich taxpayers. Raiding them could be disastrous

    | Policy Resolutions
    This piece was originally published by the Telegraph online.We now know that the Labour Party manifesto will set out plans to hike income taxes for those earning above £80,000. This would, argues John McDonnell, introduce a “fair taxation system to pay for our public services”.Are high earners paying their fair share of income tax? The ...
  • More than half of Britons are dependent on the state. That is too high.

    More than half of Britons are dependent on the state. That is too high.

    | Welfare Policy
    This article previously appeared in the Daily Telegraph (28th April)Yesterday, the Office for National Statistics published figures showing the level of net dependency on the UK State. Their figures define net dependency as the proportion of households receiving more in benefits (including benefits in kind) than they pay in taxes. ...
  • The Conservatives should seize this chance to radically reshape Britain

    The Conservatives should seize this chance to radically reshape Britain

    | Politics
    This article was initially published in City AM on 19th AprilCalling an early General Election will, in all likelihood, be seen as a pragmatic step to strengthen the Prime Minister’s negotiating hand in the upcoming Brexit negotiations. While Continental Europe faces instability from the rise of populist parties and persistent issues with the single currency, ...
  • How Hammond is keeping Britain open for business

    How Hammond is keeping Britain open for business

    | Tax
    This article was initially published on CapX on 8th March 2017. One of the key planks of the Coalition’s competitiveness agenda was corporation tax. Although their fiscal consolidation plan involved some tax rises – particularly on VAT – the headline rate of corporation tax was cut dramatically from 28 per cent to ...
  • There's no need for Treasury giveaways to help the just about managing

    There's no need for Treasury giveaways to help the just about managing

    | Economy
    This article was initially published in City AM on 6th March.On the steps of Downing Street, Theresa May outlined the core of her political strategy: “If you are just about managing, I want to address you directly”. The just about managing – the so-called JAMs – saw their cost of living significantly squeezed in ...
  • Fear based economic forecasts will hopefully be a thing of the past

    Fear based economic forecasts will hopefully be a thing of the past

    | Fiscal Policy
    It is now widely understood that the Treasury’s forecasts for economic growth projections relating to Brexit were very wide of the mark. The Treasury’s analysis “the immediate economic impact of leaving the EU” predicted, with near certainty, that the UK would experience a technical recession in the immediate aftermath of ...
  • Has BT got too big for its boots?

    Has BT got too big for its boots?

    | Economy
    This article was initially published on CapXThis is a vitally important year for the UK’s mobile phone industry. Ofcom will be auctioning off a new allocation of spectrum that will be used by mobile phone companies to offer additional internet services to customers. The first auction will supplement the current ability of ...
  • Inadequate baseload power is an issue for the UK's energy system

    Inadequate baseload power is an issue for the UK's energy system

    |
    Earlier this week, a former boss of National Grid claimed that the UK has enough energy capacity to meet demand. This pronouncement comes despite National Grid’s latest Winter Outlook suggesting the UK’s electricity margins are very narrow.Even if the UK is not set for blackouts, there are still some troubling developments in the ...
  • Why Brexit is the perfect opportunity to drop our aid target

    Why Brexit is the perfect opportunity to drop our aid target

    | International Aid
    This article was initially published on CapX. The link can be found here. Progress on eliminating poverty has been rapid in recent times. Over three decades, the rate of extreme poverty in the developing world has fallen from more than one out of every two people to roughly one out of ...