Energy and Environment

Andy Mayer comments for City AM

Andy Mayer, IEA Energy Analyst, has commented in City AM on shareholder activist group, Follow This' plan to push Shell into adopting stricter environmental targets. "Follow This is running a naïve campaign to stop further development of the North Sea, on the pretext oil and gas can be easily replaced by renewables. In reality, all ... Continue reading

Annabel Denham writes for The Spectator

Annabel Denham, IEA Director of Communications, has written for The Spectator commenting on the Bills introduced in the Queen's Speech. Annabel argues that, as demonstrated by the sheer amount of new legislation announced this week, politicians are increasingly using the number of regulations they introduce as their metric for success. "But we now find ourselves ... Continue reading
Housing and Planning

Annabel Denham writes for The Telegraph

Annabel Denham, IEA Director of Communications, has written for The Telegraph on the planned Levelling Up Bill announced in the Queen's Speech, which would force commercial landlors to hold rental auctions in properties which have been vacant for upwards of 12 months. Annabel argues that such legislation is ineffective and is in keeping with a ... Continue reading

Emily Carver writes for Conservative Home

Emily Carver, IEA Head of Media, has written for Conservative Home on the need for government to introduce serious planning reform to deal with the rising price of housing. Emily argues that thus far, the government has cowered to NIMBYism by  reversing plans to make housing more affordable. "There is simply no way the Government ... Continue reading
Lifestyle Economics

Christopher Snowdon comments for The Express

Christopher Snowdon, IEA Head of Lifestyle Economics, has commented for The Express on the government's decision to reverse their upcoming ban on buy-one-get-one-free deals on junk food. "Banning cheap food deals when inflation is rising to a 40 year high was never going to end well." "Boris Johnson was bounced into this regressive policy by ... Continue reading
Energy and Environment

Andy Mayer comments for City AM

Andy Mayer, IEA Energy Analyst, has commented in City AM on the Energy Security Bill announced at the Queen's Speech, which promises to extend the energy price cap beyond 2023. “In extending the energy price cap and picking winners in supply the government is committing to higher energy prices for years to come. The cap ... Continue reading
Housing and Planning

Kristian Niemietz comments for City AM

Kristian Niemietz, IEA Head of Political Economy, has commented for City AM on the need for the government to introduce planning reform to combat the cost of living crisis. “The fact that the references to ‘planning reform’ concerned themselves solely with relatively minor and trivial issues confirms what we already knew: this government has given ... Continue reading

Matthew Lesh and Victoria Hewson comment for Conservative Home

Matthew Lesh, IEA Head of Public Policy and Victoria Hewson, IEA Head of Regulatory Affairs, have given their thoughts on the policy proposals outlined in the Queen's Speech. Matthew argued that, in spite of the government's insistence that it will seize Brexit opportunities, "the government is steaming ahead with legislation like the Online Safety Bill ... Continue reading

Annabel Denham writes for The Telegraph

Annabel Denham, IEA Director of Communications, has written for The Telegraph on calls to introduce mandatory HR training for MPs following Neil Parish's resignation for watching pornography in Parliament. "Decades ago, when HR was referred to as “personnel management,” the role these workers held in an organisation was solely administrative. They ensured staff were paid ... Continue reading

Julian Jessop comments for Politics.co.uk

Julian Jessop, IEA Economics Fellow, has commented for Politics.co.uk on the Bank of England's decision to raise interest rates by 1% in an effort to contain rising inflation. "The Bank of England has done the bare minimum today – and it is not enough." "Macroeconomic policy is now in an even bigger mess. Fiscal policy ... Continue reading