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Robert Colvile


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Recent articles by Robert:

Knee-jerk nationalisers have no idea how the water industry actually works

It’s a pattern as predictable as the water cycle itself. Britain has a drought. The newspapers discover that billions of gallons are being wasted through leaks. There is unanimous agreement that the water companies must be punished. The Guardian calls once more for nationalisation. It’s not just the left that get agitated. In the last […] → Read More

The case against corporation tax

The opening stages of the Conservative leadership election have been dominated by talk of tax cuts – and business tax cuts in particular. Quite a lot of coverage has presented this as a weird Tory fixation, utterly divorced from the real-world concerns of the British people. In fact, it’s essential to our country’s future. Now, […] → Read More

Simon Jenkins plumbs new depths of housing nonsense

I had plenty to be getting on with today, but Simon Jenkins’ latest Guardian column is so utterly, nonsensically wrong on housing and planning that I couldn’t resist fisking it. Housing is such an important area of policy and it’s crucial we base our arguments on facts, rather than spurious assertions. In the first two […] → Read More

Is there any money left? The UK economy after Covid

With Covid restrictions finally lifted, the country’s attention is turning from public health back to the economy. Cost of living pressures, the balance between tax, spending and debt, and the pressing need to raise Britain’s mediocre long-term growth rates are once more at the forefront of the policy debate – and rightly so. Britain faces […] → Read More

The CapX Podcast: Niall Ferguson on the Politics of Catastrophe

From the eruption of Vesuvius to the Chernobyl meltdown, human history has always been punctuated by catastrophes – some natural, others very much man-made. . . Get more from CapX Follow us on Twitter Join us on Facebook Sign up to our email bulletins Subscribe to Free Exchange, the CapX podcast In his new […] → Read More

Government must get back to (data) basics

Database management, like productivity, is one of those topics that automatically hits the mental snooze button. It may be hugely important, but it’s also almost guaranteed to make the eyes glaze over. Which is why I want to get your attention by saying something provocative: the central lesson of the pandemic is that database management … → Read More

No, long-term fixed-rate mortgages are not a recipe for a British subprime crisis

Well, that escalated quickly. On Friday, I was the proud publisher of a policy – long-term, fixed-rate, low-deposit mortgages – that Boris Johnson had decided to put at the heart of his attempts to help “Generation Buy”. By Saturday, the same policy was being condemned in some quarters as putting Britain on a path to … → Read More

Going for growth is the only way out of the Covid trap

A decade ago, Rupert Murdoch gave the first Margaret Thatcher Lecture for the Centre for Policy Studies. In his speech – delivered as Britain was struggling to cope with the aftermath of recession – he outlined how tempting it can be in tough times to retreat under the state’s security blanket: “In an anxious time, people … → Read More

The climate strikers' hard-Left agenda would only make things worse

“Hey hey! → Read More

Does an ageing population really mean tax hikes are inevitable?

Making social care more productive would be the equivalent of putting billions more into the system → Read More

This has been the worst decade for house-building since World War Two, and it's all our fault

Why hasn’t Britain built enough houses? → Read More

Giving councils carte blanche will not fix the housing crisis

Compulsory Purchase Orders were meant for critical infrastructure - not housing → Read More

The case for renationalising the water industry is full of leaks

Britain's water industry is far from perfect. But renationalisation would only make things worse → Read More

Five things you need to know about the Spring Statement

This relatively anaemic rate of growth actually represents the British economy working at maximum capacity → Read More

The truth about Jeremy Corbyn: not a spy but a fool who hates capitalism and the West

Four decades of public record show a man who never failed to praise an enemy of the 'imperialist' USA → Read More

Ready for government? You must be joking

Corbyn wants the economy to be shaped, guided, planned and managed by the state → Read More

Labour's manifesto takes the voters for fools

Over the Christmas week, CapX is republishing its favourite pieces from the past year. This was first published on May 11. “We know the importance of managing public finances,” reads the draft of the Labour manifesto that was leaked to the press last night. “So our manifesto is fully costed, with all current spending paid … → Read More

CapX is recruiting

The deadline for applications is Friday, 22nd December CapX, the leading commentary and analysis website, is recruiting for a Deputy Editor. You will be part of the CapX team, overseeing the website’s day-to-day output. Your primary responsibility will be to commission and edit exclusive articles, as well as discovering and highlighting the most interesting ideas … → Read More

The 14 graphs that explain Britain's housing crisis

It’s no secret that the housing shortage is one of the greatest challenges that Britain faces – and, indeed, one of the biggest reasons why young voters have rejected the Conservative Party in such numbers. When I started speaking to the Tory MPs who are taking part in the Centre for Policy Studies’ “New Generation” … → Read More

Brexit Britain still hasn't solved the Irish problem

Whatever the shape of the deal, the smugglers will have a field day → Read More