Annabel Denham writes for CapX

"Pregnant women are not property, and society’s default shouldn’t be that individuals cannot make the “right” lifestyle choices even if presented with the risks" says Annabel Denham, Director of Communications at the Institute of Economic Affairs. Writing for CapX, Annabel says new guidelines from NICE which suggest recording maternal alcohol consumption, even without a woman's ... Continue reading
Lifestyle Economics
The National Institute for Healthcare Excellence wants all alcohol intake by expectant mothers to be recorded, regardless of whether they consent, but as the IEA's Director of Communications Annabel Denham argues  for the Spectator, this will likely lead to mission creep. Despite widespread condemnation, rather than abandon the idea, we’ll probably see more legislation, more ... Continue reading

Kristian Niemietz writes for Reaction

With the culture wars raging on, the IEA's Head of Political Economy Dr Kristian Niemietz asks whether we've moved to situation where people's political identity is primarily defined by cultural issues, rather than economic ones. In an article for Reaction, Kristian argues that the culture war will not in fact replace economics; campaigns such as ... Continue reading

Philip Booth quoted in The Sunday Times

The IEA's Senior Academic Fellow Professor Philip Booth was quoted in The Sunday Times responding to reports that the government's 'levelling-up' strategy will rely on high levels of state intervention. Philip said that “subsidising low-productivity industries is not a good way to level up. It’s fair to say that it hasn’t worked in the UK. ... Continue reading

Christopher Snowdon writes for The Sunday Telegraph

The Health Secretary Matt Hancock has floated the idea of imposing an draconian new curfew to prevent the spread of coronavirus. But as the IEA's Head of Lifestyle Economics Christopher Snowdon argues for The Sunday Telegraph, this policy would have a number of unintended consequences, including pushing 'revellers' to continue drinking at home with no ... Continue reading
Government and Institutions

Christopher Snowdon quoted by Mail Online

The government has "over-reacted", argued the IEA's Head of Lifestyle Economics Christopher Snowdon, following reports that the Cabinet is divide over the Prime Minister's decision to up Covid-19 restrictions, including the new 'rule of six'. Chris told the Mail Online that " local lockdowns or local restrictions are still the best way forward and the ... Continue reading

Annabel Denham writes for City AM

Responding to calls to extend the furlough scheme beyond the end of October, the IEA's Director of Communications Annabel Denham took part in a debate column for City AM. Annabel argued that no, we should not extend the furlough. While few disputed that furlough was the right medicine in March, "it is irresponsible to have ... Continue reading

Len Shackleton writes for 1828

"Unless there is a fundamental change in our rulers’ mindset, and people are allowed to take reasonable risks in their daily lives,  professional football below the Premier League should consider closing down for the duration of Covid-19", writes the IEA's Editorial and Research Fellow Professor Len Shackleton. In a column for 1828, Len argues that ... Continue reading

IEA webinar quoted in the Metro newspaper

"Some of the things that BBC news presenters and others have done on social media would not be acceptable to me" says former Head of BBC Radio 4 Mark Damazer. The comments reporting by the Metro newspaper were made as part of an IEA webinar on the future of the BBC with Julian Knight MP, ... Continue reading

IEA webinar featured in The Times

"The licence fee is “morally on the way out” and the BBC should be required to make much of its money through optional subscriptions" says Julian Knight, Conservative MP. The comments came as part of an IEA webinar on the future of the BBC. Knight spoke alongside former senior BBC employees Sir Robbie Gibb and ... Continue reading