Government and Institutions

Mark Littlewood writes for The Times

Mark Littlewood, IEA Director General, has written for The Times on Liz Truss's call for the formation of a new economic alliance between liberal nations to advance capitalism across the world. Mark argued that Truss's idea is indeed interesting, but must be executed with three considerations in mind. "First, the new body must be configured ... Continue reading
Lord Hennessy is a historian who has recently been making some waves with his radio appearance on “Partygate” and the Prime Minister. He believes that “we're in the most severe constitutional crisis involving a Prime Minister that I can remember”. Boris Johnson's decision not to resign showed "complete and utter disdain for the decency of ... Continue reading
Government and Institutions
A survey of over 2000 family doctors working in England has indicated a sharp fall in working hours post-pandemic, with more and more GPs switching to part-time status. 58.4% of respondents are working six half-day sessions or less. These reduced hours are one of the reasons why it is so difficult to access a GP, ... Continue reading
Government and Institutions
Channel 4 has been an immensely successful enterprise. It regularly commissions popular programmes that attract substantial audiences funded by advertising revenue. In recent years shows like It’s A Sin, Russell T Davies’ heart-rending tale about five friends growing up in the shadow of the AIDS epidemic, earned plaudits from critics. News that the Government is going ... Continue reading
Government and Institutions

Mark Littlewood quoted in The Times

Critics of plans to privatise Channel 4 have warned that a change in the channel's remit to produce programming could hit the UK TV production industry. In a report commissioned by Channel 4 last year, it was estimated that allowing the channel to create its own shows as a private company could lead to a ... Continue reading
Government and Institutions

IEA speaker referenced in the Daily Mail

Simon Clarke MP, Chief Secretary to the Treasury, spoke to the IEA this week about why the size of the civil service should be reduced and the discussed the need for government departments to adjust their spending to high inflation. Simon claimed that there is a "quiet revolution" taking place in the Treasury that is ... Continue reading
Government and Institutions

IEA speaker quoted in The Telegraph

Simon Clarke MP, Chief Secretary to the Treasury, spoke at the IEA about the need to reduce the size of civil service and asserted that public spending has reached its "high water-mark". Simon argued that the number of civil servants is “impossible to justify long-term and something we’re determined to reverse”. Read the full article ... Continue reading
Government and Institutions

IEA speaker quoted in The Times

Simon Clarke MP, Chief Secretary to the Treasury, told spectators at an IEA event that, while the Coronavirus pandemic marked an 'era of exceptionalism', uncosted public spending will not continue in the long-term. Clarke asserted that, “It cannot be the case — will not be the case — that further requests for unfunded spending are ... Continue reading
Government and Institutions
A year ago, the IEA published my paper Viral Myths – Why we risk learning the wrong lessons from the pandemic (which, strangely enough, turned out not to be universally popular – see here, here, here, here and here). Viral Myths was mostly a critique of “Coronfirmation Bias”, i.e. the tendency of a lot of ... Continue reading
Government and Institutions
Generations of students of international relations (IR) at British universities have learned that liberals detest war and actively seek possibilities to eradicate conflict out of world politics. For example by shifting power from the nation state to international organisations, or by the expansion of international law, setting clear norms and punishing those states that do ... Continue reading