Tim Worstall

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Tim Worstall (born 27 March 1963, Torquay) is a British-born writer and blogger and Senior Fellow of the Adam Smith Institute.[1] He writes on the subjects of environmentalism and economics, particularly corporate tax, his contributions having appeared in the business press. In 2010 his blog was listed as one of the top 100 UK political blogs by Total Politics.[2]

Early life[edit]

Worstall was educated at the London School of Economics. He worked in the Soviet Union, and became a trader in rare elements such as scandium and zirconium.[3]


Worstall is a regular contributor to CapX.[4] He has also written for The Guardian,[5] The New York Times,[6] PandoDaily,[7] Forbes,[8] The Register,[9] The Daily Telegraph blogs,[10] The Times,[11] and The Wall Street Journal.[12] In 2010 his blog was listed as one of the top 100 UK political blogs by Total Politics.[2]

Worstall is a supporter of the UK Independence Party (UKIP), stood as a candidate for London in the European Parliament election, 2009,[13] and acted as the party's press officer.[14]

Worstall's writings on economics and environmentalism have received a varied response. Matt Ridley described his book Chasing Rainbows as "Fearless, fresh, forensic and funny",[15] while in response to an article by Worstall about the think tank Compass[16] the author Colin Hines described Worstall's argument as "a libellous smokescreen".[17] Worstall has also written on corporate tax and has been critical of the protest group UK Uncut.[18]

In 2018 Tim founded the news site The Continental Telegraph reporting on news and current events.[19]


  • Worstall, Tim (2005). 2005 Blogged: Dispatches from the blogosphere. London: The Friday Project Limited. ISBN 0-9548318-3-7.
  • Worstall, Tim (2010). Chasing Rainbows: How the Green Agenda Defeats Its Aims. London: Stacey International Publishers. p. 468. ISBN 978-1-906768-44-7.
  • Worstall, Tim (1 July 2014). 20 Economics Fallacies. Searching Finance Ltd. p. 112. ISBN 978-1907720963.
  • Worstall, Tim (10 October 2014). 23 Things We Are Telling You About Capitalism. London: Adam Smith Institute.
  • Worstall, Tim (2015). Factchecking Pollyanna: An Investigation into the Accuracy of Polly Toynbee's Journalism. Amazon Kindle.
  • Worstall, Tim (28 May 2015). The No Breakfast Fallacy: Why the Club of Rome was wrong about us running out of minerals and metals (PDF). London: Adam Smith Institute.


  1. ^ "Fellows". Adam Smith Institute. Retrieved 12 August 2014.
  2. ^ a b "Top 100 UK political blogs". Total Politics. 17 September 2010. Retrieved 17 August 2014.
  3. ^ Freedom's Fighters with Tim Worstall. YouTube. Archived from the original on 11 December 2021.
  4. ^ "Contributor: Tim Worstall". CapX. Retrieved 3 April 2017.
  5. ^ "Tim Worstall". the Guardian. Retrieved 12 August 2014.
  6. ^ Worstall, Tim (21 July 2014). "Corporate Taxation Is Inefficient". The New York Times. Retrieved 12 August 2014.
  7. ^ "Tim Worstall". PandoDaily. Retrieved 12 August 2014.
  8. ^ "Contributor: Tim Worstall". Forbes. Retrieved 12 August 2014.
  9. ^ "Tim Worstall". The Register. Retrieved 12 August 2014.
  10. ^ "Tim Worstall". The Daily Telegraph. Archived from the original on 20 July 2014. Retrieved 12 August 2014.
  11. ^ Worstall, Tim (6 November 2012). "How to get a proper living wage: don't tax it". The Times. Retrieved 12 August 2014.
  12. ^ Worstall, Tim (22 June 2011). "Who Pays Financial-Transaction Taxes?". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 12 August 2014.
  13. ^ "London candidates for the European Elections 2009". BBC. Retrieved 12 August 2014.
  14. ^ Lynas, Mark (10 January 2012). "A challenge to Christopher Booker: try Decc's future energy calculator properly". The Guardian. Retrieved 12 August 2014. the former Ukip press officer-turned-blogger Tim Worstall
  15. ^ Ridley, Matt (10 December 2010). "Worstall on Stern". Retrieved 17 August 2014.
  16. ^ Worstall, Tim (23 April 2012). "Forward to Fascism with Compass and its 'Progressive Protectionism'". Daily Telegraph. Archived from the original on 25 April 2012. Retrieved 17 August 2014.
  17. ^ Hines, Colin (25 April 2012). "Seeing off the extreme Right with progressive protectionism". Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 17 August 2014.
  18. ^ Worstall, Tim (7 October 2011). "UK Uncut Unravelled". Economic Affairs. 31 (S3): 2–3. doi:10.1111/j.1468-0270.2011.02115_2.x. hdl:10.1111/j.1468-0270.2011.02115_2.x.
  19. ^ Continental Telegraph, Editor in Chief, Accessed 4 October 2018

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