Government and Institutions

Mark Littlewood appears on The Jeremy Vine show

Mark Littlewood, Director General at the Institute of Economic Affairs has appeared on BBC Radio 2's Jeremy Vine show to discuss the prospect of a 'no deal' scenario in the Brexit negotiations and what that might mean. In the interview Mark argues that the optimum outcome of negotiations would be a free trade deal with ... Continue reading
Energy and Environment
The UK government has published its proposed legislation to implement a temporary cap on domestic energy prices. Those encouraged by the temporary aspect should remember Milton Friedman’s warning that “nothing is so permanent as a temporary government program”. Unwinding a price cap that had distorted and obfuscated market signals, and quite probably affected the structure ... Continue reading

Mark Littlewood writes for City AM

Mark Littlewood, Director General at the Institute of Economic Affairs has written for the City AM debate column today on whether the state should provide basic services like food, transport and housing. In the article Mark argues that the greatest point militating against this idea is the removal of choice over the most fundamental issues ... Continue reading
Government and Institutions
“Building a country that works for everyone”. That was the slogan of the Conservative Party at their conference last week. During the Prime Minister’s speech, one of its letters fell to the stage. The bad luck of those for whom everything is going wrong. That was the common diagnosis. I have a yet more supernatural ... Continue reading
Research

Response to possibility of 'no deal' scenario

Summary:  A 'no deal' scenario, in which the UK simply leaves the Single Market and Customs Union in 2019, does not have to be the 'catastrophe' that many fear. There would be some new barriers to trade with the EU, but these should be manageable.  On the upside, the UK would be able to crack ... Continue reading

Julian Jessop appears on the Daily Politics

Julian Jessop, Chief Economist at the Institute of Economic Affairs has appeared on the BBC Daily Politics to discuss the possibility of 'no deal' when the UK leaves the EU. In the programme Julian argues that the clear point about 'no deal' is that it allows the UK to crack on with exploiting the benefits ... Continue reading
Economic Theory
Book Review: Labour and the Gulag: Russia and the Seduction of the British Left, by Giles Udy When was the date of guilty knowledge for defenders of Soviet communism? At what point did western supporters of the regime cease to be merely naive and became knowingly complicit? Commenting on the ‘pyramid of corpses’ that the Bolsheviks ... Continue reading

Julian Jessop writes for The Telegraph

Julian Jessop, Chief Economist at the Institute of Economic Affairs has written for The Telegraph following the news that the UK government is planning for the event of a 'no deal' in Brexit negotiations with the EU. In his article Julian makes the point that the UK needs to be prepared to walk away if ... Continue reading
Government and Institutions

Diego Zuluaga writes for The Spectator

Diego Zuluaga, Financial Services Research Fellow at the Institute of Economic Affairs has written for The Spectator following the unrest in the region last week. In his article Diego argues that Spain is among the world's most decentralised rich nations, alongside Canada and Switzerland. The illegal actions of the Catalan government contravene the foundational document ... Continue reading

Mark Littlewood writes for The Times

Mark Littlewood, Director General at the Institute of Economic Affairs has written for The Times on the case for Scottish independence. In the article Mark argues that Scottish Nationalists can point to economic theory, as well as substantial empirical evidence, to argue that a big transfer of powers away from Westminster to the nations and ... Continue reading