Emily Carver writes for Conservative Home

In her bi-weekly Conservative Home column, IEA Head of Media, Emily Carver, argued that every problem in UK politics has recently been characterised as an impending catastrophe, leading to national angst and panic which is demoralising the nation. Whether it is the Covid pandemic, fuel shortages,  climate change or leaving the EU, we lack the ... Continue reading

Annabel Denham writes for The Spectator

In an op-ed for The Spectator, IEA Director of Communications, Annabel Denham, took aim at British Airway's (BA) move to drop ‘ladies and gentlemen’ from its announcements. Annabel suggested that BA has bigger problems than gender neutral salutations to deal with after 18 months of travel restrictions. Annabel argued: "There’s still little evidence to suggest ... Continue reading

Julian Jessop quoted by Politics.co.uk

IEA Economics Fellow, Julian Jessop, was quoted by Politics.co.uk commenting on the latest employment figures released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS). Julian argued: "Today’s strong employment data should help to calm fears that the UK is sliding back into recession, although they also make it harder to argue that interest rates still need ... Continue reading
Energy and Environment

Andy Mayer writes for CapX

In an op-ed for CapX, IEA Chief Operating Officer, Andy Mayer, argued that the UK cannot implement net zero policies and also have secure and affordable energy, saying government policy is to blame for crippling energy costs. Andy argued: "The pattern is always the same, the Prime Minister or another part of government gets an ... Continue reading

IEA cited in The Times

The Prime Minister used his conference speech to argue that the present stresses and strains in the economy, which have led to supply shortages, are part of the transition towards a high-wage, high-skill economy. Boris Johnson believes that by restricting the inflow of cheap labour, British businesses will be forced to pay UK workers more. ... Continue reading

Julian Jessop appears on BBC Newsnight

IEA Economics Fellow, Julian Jessop, appeared on BBC Newsnight to discuss the government's plan for a high wage economy by reducing the inflow of cheap foreign labour. Julian argued that "Artificially creating labour shortages isn't a great way to boost productivity ..It can disrupt the economy". Watch highlights here.... Continue reading

Mark Littlewood quoted by Sky News

Boris Johnson used his speech at Conservative Party Conference to announce his intention to transform Britain into a high wage economy by restricting the inflow of cheaper foreign labour, forcing British business to pay more to British workers. The announcement has been criticised across the business community. Mark Littlewood, IEA Director General, was quoted by ... Continue reading

Dr Kristian Niemietz writes for The Telegraph

In an op-ed for The Telegraph, IEA Head of Political Economy, Dr Kristian Niemietz, lambasted the governments U-turn on planning reform which would have implemented a rules-based system for planning applications. Kristian argued: "The government has once again caved in to pressure from anti-housing NIMBY obstructionists, and by siding with the NIMBYs again, they have ... Continue reading
Tax and Fiscal Policy

Annabel Denham writes for The Spectator

The Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced a new £500 million plan for jobs at Conservative Party Conference. At a Think Tent event hosted by the IEA and TaxPayers' Alliance, he was  pressed by IEA Director General Mark Littlewood on his record on tax rises, borrowing and the expansive government agenda he is overseeing. IEA Director ... Continue reading

Annabel Denham appears on Channel 4 News

IEA Director of Communications, Annabel Denham, discussed Boris Johnson's plan for a high wage economy on Channel 4 news with former Labour Treasury minister Kitty Ussher, who is now chief economist at the Institute of Directors. The government believes that by preventing the import of cheap labour through immigration to fill labour shortages in sectors ... Continue reading