Mark Littlewood quoted by the Express

The IEA's Director General Mark Littlewood responded to speculation that a delay to Brexit negotiations may be on the cards in response to the escalating coronavirus pandemic. Quoted by the Express,  Mark warned that "unravelling [the timeline for negotiations] would be as hard as carrying on with current deadlines." Mark added that "ionically, the sort ... Continue reading
Government and Institutions
Socialists are fond of modifiers these days. “Democratic Socialism”, “21st Century Socialism”, “Millennial Socialism”, and, most absurd of all, “Libertarian Socialism” and “Libertarian Communism”.   When asked to explain what those terms are supposed to mean, socialists argue as follows: Socialism, like most ideologies, comes in different flavours. It comes in authoritarian varieties, such as ... Continue reading
Government and Institutions
As the world entered the turbulent 1960s, two men, half a world apart, one a doctor and the other a classicist, both foreigners far from home, were charged with bringing human progress to their adopted countries. More than half a century later, their principles still drive the policies of those economies today. They held a ... Continue reading
Government and Institutions

Emma Revell writes for the Evening Standard

The idea that women will be disadvantaged in the upcoming Cabinet reshuffle and that quotas are needed to redress the balance is unfounded, says the IEA's Head of Communications Emma Revell. Writing a letter to the Editor in the Evening Standard, Emma argues that the Prime Minister should "reinvigorate ideas" by shuffling junior colleagues into the ... Continue reading
Government and Institutions
The Institute of Economic Affairs, the UK’s leading free-market think tank, today announces changes to its media team. The IEA seeks to promote the role of markets in solving economic and social problems, aiming to change the climate of opinion over the long term. Annabel Denham joins the IEA as Director of Communications. Annabel previously ... Continue reading
Government and Institutions
The analysis of international incidents such as the current US-Iranian standoff is often done by (academic) specialists, commentators, or more recently journalists interviewing other journalists. They all have their underlying premises and theoretical underpinnings in making predictions of the likely next moves by regional and global players.  This begs the question: is there a particular ... Continue reading
Government and Institutions
Much has been written already on Number 10 adviser Dominic Cummings’ New Year appeal to “assorted weirdos” to smash up, then rebuild government to make it better. Cato economist Ryan Bourne challenges it from a public choice perspective, left-leaning professor Jonathan Portes on whether he has picked the right targets in civil servants rather than ... Continue reading
Government and Institutions
Dominic Cummings is a funny chap. I admire his iconoclasm, if not his dress sense. The ‘Kevin-the sulky-teenager’ schtick – has anyone ever seen him smile? – amuses. But is he going about his attempts at reforming Whitehall in the right way? Indeed is that what the government should be doing just now? The notorious ... Continue reading
Government and Institutions
One of the more interesting debates I had with a Conservative friend leading up to the General Election was about One Nation Conservatism, the apparent new (but old) zeitgeist of the incoming regime. They were suspicious of the Prime Minister’s agenda due to his use of this phrase, their own politics favouring free markets and ... Continue reading

IEA responds to the Queen's Speech

Commenting on the Queen’s Speech, Mark Littlewood, Director General at the Institute of Economic Affairs, said: “The Queen’s Speech makes clear the government’s commitment to negotiate and secure free trade agreements with the European Union and the rest of the world. “The plans set out for an NHS Funding Bill do nothing to address the ... Continue reading