Mark Littlewood responds to Jo Swinson's leader's speech

Commenting on Jo Swinson’s speech to Liberal Democrat Conference, Mark Littlewood, Director General at the Institute of Economic Affairs, said: “Jo Swinson’s criticism of Britain’s “tired old parties” seems solely focused on the Brexit debate; but if we look past the UK’s relationship with the EU, the Liberal Democrats appear to be offering a similar, ... Continue reading

Professor Len Shackleton quoted in the Daily Express

Professor Len Shackleton, IEA Editorial and Research Fellow, is quoted in the Daily Express in a piece which looks at the current Labour Party and its relationship with trade unions. Len notes that Tony Blair recognised the Thatcher and Major governments had made "sensible changes" to industrial relations legislation but warned that Jeremy Corbyn had ... Continue reading

Kate Andrews writes for the Sunday Express

David Cameron might be receiving a lot of blame for the current Brexit uncertainty but he merely expedited, not created, the present political realignment, says Kate Andrews, Associate Director at the Institute of Economic Affairs. Writing in the Sunday Express, Kate argues that while David Cameron was attempting to reshape the Conservative Party - with ... Continue reading

IEA research quoted in the Mail on Sunday

Peter Hitchens, writing in the Mail on Sunday, quotes IEA research on the misleading gender pay gap statistics. Referencing the work done by Kate Andrews, IEA Associate Director, Peter suggests that the issue of equal pay for equal work has been solved "as far as humanly possible" and that modern feminists often misrepresent such statistics ... Continue reading

Professor Len Shackleton quoted in The Telegraph

Professor Len Shackleton, IEA Editorial and Research Fellow, has criticised plans by the Labour Party to remove the business rates exemption for private schools, forcing parents to pay more for their child's education. Quoted in The Telegraph, Len labels the plans "a threat to the freedom to educate children as parents wish” and warns other ... Continue reading
Lifestyle Economics

Mark Littlewood joins the Spiked! podcast

Mark Littlewood, Director-General of the Institute of Economic Affairs, joins Tom Slater and Christopher Snowdon as the guest on the latest episode of the Spiked! podcast Last Orders. Mark, Tom, and Christopher sit down to discuss the government’s mad plan to cut our calories, America’s moral panic over vaping, and Britain’s ban on sexist adverts. Listen ... Continue reading

Kate Andrews writes for City A.M.

News that the government may allow foreign students to stay in the UK for two years past their graduation date changes their lives "infinitely for the better" says Kate Andrews, Associate Director at the Institute of Economic Affairs. Writing in her weekly column in City A.M., Kate recounts her own experiences with the UK's visa ... Continue reading

Professor Len Shackleton comments on Labour plans

Commenting on Labour's consideration to scrap discounted business rates for independent schools and impose VAT on fees, IEA Editorial Fellow Professor Len Shackleton said: "This proposal is unlikely to raise the sums suggested, as some independent schools will close while others may relocate abroad - a plausible scenario given the rising proportion of overseas students ... Continue reading

Christopher Snowdon writes for Spiked!

Vapes are in danger of being banned as a result of the "Great American Vaping Panic" says Christopher Snowdon, Head of Lifestyle Economics at the Institute of Economic Affairs. Writing for Spiked!, Christopher notes that moral panics "rarely come out of nowhere" but the US fears - and plans for a ban - are coming ... Continue reading

Professor Len Shackleton quoted in The Sun

Restricting people to a four day working week will lead to many people taking on additional roles on top of their main employment, says Professor Len Shackleton After Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell said he would consider the findings of a report which considered how a four day week could be implemented in the UK, Len ... Continue reading