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

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
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
In 2021, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) published proposals to add to the Listing Rules targets for women and ethnic minorities on boards, and additional reporting requirements on diversity in senior leadership positions. The proposals show the FCA engaging in highly contestable political activism that will impose costs on companies. They also demonstrate the limitations ... 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
Energy and Environment
The energy-price crisis is an economic problem. It is not a moral problem. It is a matter of bringing supply and demand for various products into alignment. The fact that some people may suffer does not make it a problem that can be solved by moralising. The options for alleviating the suffering are all in ... Continue reading
Tax and Fiscal Policy

Matthew Lesh comments for the Daily Express

Matthew Lesh, IEA Head of Public Policy, has commented in the Daily Express following Oxfam's calls for a global wealth tax. Matthew asserted that, "Some people getting wealthier does not intrinsically mean that anyone else is poorer." "People have lost incomes because of a pandemic that locked down much of the world’s economy, not because ... Continue reading
Tax and Fiscal Policy

Mark Littlewood comments for the Daily Express

Mark Littlewood, IEA Director General, has given his thoughts on the future of BBC funding following recent comments made by Culture Secretary, Nadine Dorries, that the next announcement about the licence fee "will be the last". Mark argued that: "What is needed is an agreement and understanding that the licence fee will end to enable ... Continue reading