Mark Littlewood speaks to BBC Radio 4's Today programme

As Philip Hammond highlights the economic impact of achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2050, Mark Littlewood, the IEA's Director-General, spoke to BBC Radio 4's Today programme about the trade offs which need to be made when protecting the environment. Mark argues that the costs will be "colossal" and that we need accept that, in tackling ... Continue reading

Philip Booth writes for The Telegraph

Privatisation of energy markets is a great success story, says Professor Philip Booth, Senior Academic Fellow at the Institute of Economic Affairs, writing in The Telegraph. Philip argues that although support for nationalisation has become widespread, Britain actually has "an efficient industry and a vibrant market" which providers opportunities for customers to switch to cheaper ... Continue reading

Emma Revell writes for City AM

Emma Revell, Communications Manager at the Institute of Economic Affairs has written in City AM on whether the government is right to ban plastic straws. In the article Emma argues that the government should resist the urge to ban things – a slippery slope that will only end with more things being unnecessarily banned – ... Continue reading
I recently ventured to Athens for this year’s Atlas European Liberty Forum conference, which brings together free market groups, not just from Europe, but from all over the world. It’s always a remarkable experience, which puts into perspective the battles for freedom we face here in the UK. You meet people – particularly young people ... Continue reading

Kate Andrews writes for City A.M.

Kate Andrews, IEA Associate Director, writes her weekly City AM column on Labour's disasterous plans to re-nationalise the energy grid, noting that people other countries are fighting to allow the market into their systems in order to avoid the blackouts that have come from state-run networks. Kate argues that whatever Labour may tell you, we ... Continue reading

Kate Andrews comments on Labour plans

Commenting on the Labour Party’s energy nationalisation proposal, Associate Director at the Institute of Economic Affairs Kate Andrews said: "Nationalising the UK’s energy grid would jeopardise access to basic essentials, stepping back into an era of controlled industrial strategy. "In the 1990s - the decade of liberalisation in the energy market - household electricity bills  ... Continue reading

Kate Andrews writes for City A.M.

The only way to protect the planet is to encourage free enterprise, writes Kate Andrews, Associate Director of the Institute of Economic Affairs, in a piece for City AM. The radical demands of climate protesters give little regard to how their policies would affect the lives of people living under them, while also ignoring the ... Continue reading
Economic Theory
It didn’t take long until the first hammer-and-sickle flags were spotted at the climate change strikes. Given the woeful environmental track record of socialist economies, socialism and environmentalism should not be natural bedfellows. In practice, they usually are. The reason is that socialists and environmentalists often start from the same place: an intuitive, visceral dislike ... Continue reading
Energy and Environment
In March 2018, Michael Gove announced a plastic bottle deposit scheme in a bid to reduce plastic pollution, and like a lot of people, I was quite excited. Plastic pollution was high on the agenda; with David Attenborough’s warnings about albatrosses ingesting plastic ringing in our ears and images of a seahorse clinging to a ... Continue reading
Energy and Environment
It is widely believed that the Brexit turmoil has forced Theresa May to put her domestic agenda on hold. If so, nobody has told the Department for Energy, Farming and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) where the energetic Michael Gove has been busily working on bans on plastic straws, cotton buds, drink stirrers, wood burning stoves and ... Continue reading