Andy Mayer writes for The Critic

Andy Mayer, IEA Energy, Environment and Infrastructure Analyst, has written an article commenting on the government's interventionist approach to energy policy. Andy argues that the government's net zero agenda is stifling innovation, raising energy costs and creating energy insecurity. "These simple truths of Net Zero are met with a wall of denial akin to utopian ... Continue reading
Commenting on the proposed one-off payment of up to £500 for families to deal with high energy bills, Professor Len Shackleton, editorial and research fellow at free market think tank the Institute of Economic Affairs, said: "We are still facing a high level of government borrowing, which is one of the factors behind rising inflation. ... Continue reading

Christopher Snowdon comments for City AM

Christopher Snowdon, IEA Head of Lifestyle Economics, has commented on the government's decision to re-open in the Summer of last year, as opposed to delaying our Covid recovery. He argued that “Omicron was a major bump in the road, but England’s strategy of opening up in summer and rolling out boosters in the autumn has ... Continue reading

Julian Jessop comments for The Telegraph

Julian Jessop, IEA Economics Fellow, has commented in The Telegraph on the causes of the UK's current spike in inflation, which is predicted to pass 7pc in April. “The common factor across the world is there's been an explosion in the amount of cheap money. And if you keep pumping cheap money into an economy ... Continue reading

Annabel Denham writes for City AM

Annabel Denham, IEA Director of Communications, has penned an article commenting on the efficacy of the UK's Coronavirus financial aid schemes, following reports that £5.8 billion was stolen from the Treasury through these initiatives. Annabel argues that such widespread fraud raises questions about whether the cost to the taxpayer of schemes such as furlough and ... Continue reading
Commenting on the collapse of energy company Together Energy, Andy Mayer, Energy Analyst at the Institute of Economic Affairs, said: “Together Energy is the 26th UK retail energy company to collapse in a matter of months, and a totemic example of the failure of Britain’s “socialist” price cap. "This is a Labour council-backed firm destroyed ... Continue reading
Christopher Snowdon, Head of Lifestyle Economics at free market think tank Institute of Economic Affairs, said: "Plan B restrictions cannot be abolished a moment too soon. Vaccine passports have never worked anywhere and face masks are largely theatrical. "As heavily restricted Europe continues to struggle with the virus, England has a falling infection rate and ... Continue reading
Energy and Environment

Andy Mayer and Julian Jessop comment for City AM

Andy Mayer, IEA Energy, Environment and Infrastructure Analyst, has commented for City AM on the damaging effects of government intervention in energy markets and reports that a further price cap may be introduced to tackle rising energy prices. He argues that spikes in energy prices are “rooted in the government’s interventions in the energy market”. ... Continue reading
Energy and Environment

Andy Mayer comments for The Telegraph

Andy Mayer, IEA Energy, Environment and Infrastructure Analyst, has given his thoughts on Sadiq Khan's plan to introduce a £2 daily fee for London drivers in an effort to reduce pollution. Regarding Khan's measure, Andy asserted: “If the argument is congestion, there is no difference between the space occupied by an electric vehicle or one ... Continue reading
Commenting on the inflation figures, published today by the Office for National Statistics, Julian Jessop, Economics Fellow at free market think tank the Institute of Economic Affairs, said: "The further rise in inflation in December is a classic example of too much cheap money chasing too few goods, and services. "It is tempting to attribute ... Continue reading