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

Annabel Denham writes for the Telegraph

Politicians  have declared we "will “defeat” the virus, and until such a time as this objective is met we will be subject to the incessant imposing and easing of draconian restrictions", says Annabel Denham, Director of Communications for the Institute of Economic Affairs. Writing for The Telegraph, Annabel argues politicians should be handing information to ... Continue reading
Government and Institutions

Christopher Snowdon quoted by Mail Online

The government has "over-reacted", argued the IEA's Head of Lifestyle Economics Christopher Snowdon, following reports that the Cabinet is divide over the Prime Minister's decision to up Covid-19 restrictions, including the new 'rule of six'. Chris told the Mail Online that " local lockdowns or local restrictions are still the best way forward and the ... Continue reading
Government and Institutions

Professor Philip Booth writes for Conservative Home

In an article for Conservative Home, IEA Senior Academic Fellow Professor Philip Booth argues that there is no justification in the modern world for requiring people to pay for television services they do not wish to watch. He writes: "The BBC has been financed by a hypothecated tax levied on television sets since 1946. The ... Continue reading

Mark Littlewood writes for the Daily Telegraph

The public sector and its quangos "needs to adopt the disciplines, risks and attitude to responsibility of the [private sector] if we want public sector agencies to begin to function properly" says Mark Littlewood, Director General of the Institute of Economic Affairs. Writing for the Daily Telegraph, Mark argues "the fiasco over the calibration of A-level ... Continue reading
Government and Institutions

Mark Littlewood writes for The Times

In his latest column for The Times, IEA Director General Mark Littlewood examines the consistency of government policy, coordination across departments, and whether it signals a unity of purpose. He writes: "In the context of an over-arching civil emergency, the full armoury of state power is deployed to a specific end. Whatever one’s view on ... Continue reading
Government and Institutions

Mark Littlewood writes for The Times

The first year of Boris Johnson’s premiership has been so extraordinary that it is difficult to discern its overall philosophical approach to governing — or even if it has one, writes the IEA's Director General Mark Littlewood. In his biweekly column for The Times, Mark argues that "if the administration does have any medium to ... Continue reading

Syed Kamall writes for CapX

Concerns over the Chinese regime have compounded to a point where talk of a 'new Cold War' no longer seems hyperbolic. But as Syed argues for CapX, "the last thing [the world] needs is an economically costly and politically dangerous confrontation between the West and China." Read the full article here.... 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