Emma Revell writes for CapX

"A government's duty is to weigh policies in the round, not give in to single-issue tunnel vision" says Emma Revell, IEA Head of Communications, as further restrictions are announced to curtail the spread of coronavirus. Writing for CapX, Emma argues that "we cannot endlessly suppress Covid - especially when lockdowns have such catastrophic effects" but ... Continue reading
Society and Culture

Christopher Snowdon writes for The Critic

When it comes to a potential second lockdown, "everyone suffering in pursuit of impossible promises is pointless" says Christopher Snowdon, IEA Head of Lifestyle Economics. Writing for The Critic, Christopher argues we are not in the same situation as March- despite claims to the contrary - and that "it is very unlikely that a second ... Continue reading

Christopher Snowdon quoted by the Mail Online

Responding to the news that the Government will enforce a 10pm closing time for pubs, bars and other hospitality, the IEA's Head of Lifestyle Economics slammed the rules as seeming "to have emerged from a random policy generator." Chris added that the new closing time will be "devastating to a hospitality sector that was already ... Continue reading

Christopher Snowdon quoted in the Metro

The 10pm closing time for licensed premises announced by the Government "will be devastating to a hospitality sector that was already suffering after the first lockdown", says the IEA's Head of Lifestyle Economics Christopher Snowdon. Quoted by the Metro, Chris expressed his concern that the Government has not yet published the evidence upon which this ... Continue reading

Christopher Snowdon quoted by the BBC

The latest government coronavirus restrictions, including a 10pm mandatory closing time for licensed premises, appear "to have emerged from a random policy generator", argued the IEA's Head of Lifestyle Economics Christopher Snowdon. Quoted by the BBC, Chris called on the government to publish the evidence upon which it was based. He added that, "while mandatory ... Continue reading
Tax and Fiscal Policy

Mark Littlewood writes for The Times

"Climbing back towards the highest echelons of the freedom index is the best route to securing long-term wealth and prosperity" says Mark Littlewood, IEA Director-General. Writing his fortnightly column for The Times newspaper, Mark looks at Britain's performance in the latest report from the Fraser Institute in Canada which measures the economic freedom of the world ... Continue reading
Lifestyle Economics

Christopher Snowdon quoted in the Daily Telegraph

Christopher Snowdon, IEA Head of Lifestyle Economics, is referenced in the Daily Telegraph with regards to alcohol consumption in lockdown. As people in some quarters catastrophise about drinking during the pandemic, the piece notes analysis by Christopher which showed lockdown actually reduced alcohol consumption for almost everyone, except those who were already deemed heavy drinkers. ... Continue reading

Mark Littlewood quoted in the Daily Express

As a rumoured second lockdown approaches there should be more focus on the sectors of the economy where working from home is not possible, says the IEA Director General Mark Littlewood. Quoted in the Daily Express, Mark said "there's quite a chunk of creative work, or middle class professional work, that can be easily done ... Continue reading

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