Government and Institutions
On the ghoulishly appropriate date of 31 October – Halloween – Boris Johnson announced new lockdown measures. “These measures above all will be time-limited,” the Prime Minister assured the people. “They will end on Wednesday 2 December.” Only a day later, however, Michael Gove told Sky News that the lockdown could be extended. “We’re going ... Continue reading
Tune in tonight at 6pm for the UK’s top free market debate show, hosted by IEA Director General Mark Littlewood. We’ll be discussing the rule of six months. Can 10pm curfews and £10,000 fines defeat the virus? We’ll be analysing Keir Starmer’s speech at Labour Party Conference. How well is the Opposition holding government to ... Continue reading
Government and Institutions
In 2019, fearing it was “likely that the world will continue to face outbreaks that most countries are ill positioned to combat,” the Global Health Security Index ranked 195 countries’ capacities to address a pandemic. The US came out on top, the UK a close second. A year later, the Index’s predictions were tested by ... Continue reading
Government and Institutions
We are undoubtedly living in a time of great crisis. You have to be of an exceptionally optimistic disposition to still believe that there will be a “V-shaped recovery”. We have lost a lot of ground, and we will not easily regain it. If we just go back to the way things were before the ... Continue reading
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Dr Christian Sandstrom and Dr Karl Wennberg discuss their new book, Bureaucrats or Markets in Innovation Policy? Based on a major interdisciplinary research program with a special focus on Sweden, paired with international research, Dr Sandstrom and Dr Wennberg explain how targeted interventions and firm subsidies do not have the intended effects but instead creates ... Continue reading
Government and Institutions
Imagine we held a referendum on ending the lockdown today. It would make the EU Referendum, and the Brexit process, look like a walk in the park. Personally, I would vote for an immediate end of the lockdown. I understand the concerns, but I think we have reached a stage where the economic cost of ... Continue reading
Government and Institutions
In late March, most African states copied the approach taken by many countries worldwide and implemented a mass lockdown that saw schools close, curfews put in place, and people largely confined to their homes. While this approach makes sense and has been, for the most part, feasible in other parts of the world, in Sub-Saharan ... Continue reading
Government and Institutions
The contact tracing app being developed by NHSX (the technology wing of Our NHS) has been subject to scrutiny in the past days. As it is being trialled on the Isle of Wight, the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee and the Joint Committee on Human Rights both heard evidence from NHSX’s CEO Matthew ... Continue reading
Government and Institutions
Rejoice, citizens! For in the People's Republic of Coronavirus Britain, a target has been met. At one level, the UK Secretary of State for Health should be congratulated. He set his department a target of 100,000 viral tests by the end of April, and they achieved the target. At another, he has provided us with ... Continue reading
Government and Institutions
YES – says Julian Jessop Extending the lockdown for a further three weeks is unlikely to make a huge difference to the outlook for the economy, but could help save many more lives. Of course, the longer the restrictions are applied, the bigger the initial hit to GDP. However, more people are now starting to ... Continue reading