Mark Littlewood writes for The Telegraph

Mark Littlewood, Director General at the Institute of Economic Affairs, has commented in The Telegraph on the idea of an hypothecated tax for the NHS. Whether hypothecated, or specific, taxes don’t work for the NHS. In theory the UK already has a hypothecated tax in the form of National Insurance with a percentage of this earmarked ... Continue reading

Shanker Singham writes for Brexit Central

Shanker Singham, Director of the IEA's International Trade and Competition Unit has written for Brexit Central on the House of Lords vote on the customs union earlier this week. The members of the House of Lords who voted on Wednesday for the customs union amendment have sought to impose constraints on the UK trade negotiator. ... Continue reading

Kate Andrews writes for City AM

Kate Andrews, News Editor at the Institute of Economic Affairs has written for City AM on Trump's drug policy. Trump’s intervention should help to resolve issues of legal clarity, but more importantly, it is a signal that the federal government may be moving away from its failed drug policy. The drugs war has given an ... Continue reading

Shanker Singham writes for The Telegraph

Shanker Singham, Director of the IEA's International Trade and Competition Unit has written for The Telegraph. The Commonwealth is uniquely positioned to play a part in solving these global problems. It is an alignment of nations centred on concepts such as the rule of law and more likely to subscribe to similar philosophies and broad ... Continue reading
Imagine a version of history in which the National Health Service had never been created. What would healthcare in Britain look like today? Would we have luxury healthcare for the rich, and Wild West medicine for the poor? Would people live in fear of being bankrupted by medical bills? Would the poor have to choose between food ... Continue reading
David Ricardo, the classical economist has been dead for nearly 200 years – but his insights and theories remain immeasurably valuable today. Ricardo was, in many ways, an unlikely economist. Born into a large Sephardic Jewish family, he received little formal education, instead joining his father on the London Stock Exchange at the age of ... Continue reading

Madeline Grant writes for Cap X

Madeline Grant, Digital Officer at the Institute of Economic Affairs has written for CapX on the political economist David Ricardo. In her article Madeline argues that Ricardo is of course best known for his attacks on the prevailing economic doctrine of his time – mercantilism, embodied in the early 19th century by the notorious “Corn ... Continue reading
The United Kingdom’s House of Lords Select Committee on Artificial Intelligence recently published the report, “AI in the UK: Ready, Willing and Able?” The recommendations on how the UK can become a global leader in Artificial Intelligence are off the mark. While the report contains numerous uncontroversial and welcome suggestions on such topics as increased use of ... Continue reading
Sajid Javid has recently announced that in future, estate agents will be required to hold a professional qualification, thus adding to the large numbers of people who cannot conduct business without government permission. Around a fifth of the workforce is already in this position. According to the EU Single Market Regulated Professions database, nowhere else in ... Continue reading
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New IEA report features in the Financial Times

A new briefing from the Institute of Economic Affairs on the Commonwealth has featured in the Financial Times. The article references the report's call for UK farmers to better integrate  into global supply chains, which they have been out of during the 40 years of EU membership. While UK agriculture has struggled inside the customs ... Continue reading