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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.

  • Tory policies are inherently attractive to the young

    Tory policies are inherently attractive to the young

    | Politics
    The Conservatives have a problem with the young. They don’t like us. As Gideon Skinner and Kully Kaur-Ballagan of Ipsos Mori pointed out in yesterday’s Red Box, age was the greatest dividing factor in the general election since records began in 1979, with Labour enjoying a 20 per cent swing ...
  • It’s all about the economy now

    It’s all about the economy now

    | Economy
    This piece was originally published by the Times Red Box.Theresa May may have her mind on other things at the moment but assuming that she wins on June 8 she will soon have to confront what is arguably the greatest responsibility of any prime minister: ensuring that the British economy ...
  • Labour hasn’t accounted for the ways tax affects behaviour

    Labour hasn’t accounted for the ways tax affects behaviour

    | 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 ...
  • What the Conservative manifesto should pledge on tax

    What the Conservative manifesto should pledge on tax

    | 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. ...
  • What the Conservative manifesto should pledge on housing

    What the Conservative manifesto should pledge on housing

    | 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 ...
  • We need a pledge on a royal commission for the NHS

    We need a pledge on a royal commission for the NHS

    | 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 ...
  • How May can be as bold as Thatcher or Attlee

    How May can be as bold as Thatcher or Attlee

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

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

    | 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 ...
  • Why defence matters

    Why defence matters

    | 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, ...
  • The astonishing prescience of Zbiginiew Brzezinski

    The astonishing prescience of Zbiginiew Brzezinski

    | 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, ...
  • Either Miliband is stupid (he isn't) or he thinks we are

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

    | 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 ...
  • Can satire beat real life?

    Can satire beat real life?

    | 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, ...
  • Falling dependency but still too high

    Falling dependency but still too high

    | 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 ...
  • A Norma Desmond Budget?

    A Norma Desmond Budget?

    | 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 ...
  • We cannot afford an anti-business agenda

    We cannot afford an anti-business agenda

    | 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 ...