Kristian Nietmietz writes for Conservative Home

Venezuela is a popular example in the battle against socialism but some want to remove it from the debate, arguing it has little relevance to the general public. Kristian Nietmietz, author of 'Socialism: The Failed Idea That Never Dies', believes that while Venezuela fails as a "rhetorical trump card" and "poor substitute for an actual ... Continue reading
Government and Institutions
Last week, Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell gave a speech at the Rail and Maritime Transport (RMT) Union’s “Garden Party for Cuba” event, attended, among other luminaries, by the Cuban ambassador. McDonnell made the following pledge: “We’re here in solidarity with the Cuban revolution […] I want to say this to our Cuban comrades. When […] ... Continue reading

Nerissa Chesterfield quoted in the Mail on Sunday

Nerissa Chesterfield, IEA Head of Communications, is quoted in the Mail on Sunday, responding to claims from Green Party co-leader Sian Berry that 130,000 people have died as a result of austerity. Nerissa argued that it is too early to measure the long-term effects of spending cuts and that "politicians of all stripes should be ... Continue reading
Government and Institutions
Kate Andrews, IEA Associate-Director, appeared on BBC One's Politics Live, alongside Conservative MP Nadhim Zahawi, Labour MP Alison McGoven, and economist Danny Blanchflower. On the news Ford is to close their Bridgend engine plant Kate argued that blaming the closure on Brexit was doing a disservice to the workers and government needed to be honest ... Continue reading
Public service broadcasting should be removed from the public policy lexicon and the BBC should be privatised – though not necessarily fully commercialised. The concept of “public service broadcasting” might have been justifiable at one time: it is no longer. The vested interests that want to protect the current funding model of public service broadcasting ... Continue reading
Government and Institutions
Kate Andrews, Associate Director at the Institute for Economic Affairs, appeared on BBC Question Time last night alongside Ken Clarke MP, Emily Thornberry MP, comedian Simon Evans, and journalist Sonia Sodha. On whether a customs union would be failing to deliver on the result of the referendum: "A customs union means the EU will continue ... Continue reading

Kate Andrews writes for City AM

Kate Andrews, Associate Director of the Institute of Economic Affairs, uses to weekly City A.M. column to call on people to propose their ideas for promoting opportunity for all. Kate writes that politicians have been woeful in recent years at ensuring that public policy prioritises opportunities for the individual. This year the IEA Richard Koch ... Continue reading

IEA releases briefing on the reality of customs union membership

Summary:  A customs union with the EU would come with significant costs to the UK’s economic, trade and foreign policies. Such an arrangement would also fail, by itself, to eliminate trade ‘friction’ with the EU. To do so would also require alignment with the Single Market rules for goods. A customs union would also come ... Continue reading

Mark Littlewood writes for The Times Business

Mark Littlewood, Director General at the Institute of Economic Affairs has written for The Times Business about the philanthropic motivations of those who have donated vast amounts of money towards the rebuilding of Notre Dame. In his article Mark argues that the financial response to the fire in Paris last week shows that the state ... Continue reading

Nerissa Chesterfield writes for City AM

Nerissa Chesterfield, Head of Communications at the Institute of Economic Affairs has written for City AM on politicians' reticence to make bold policy change that is needed to improve people's lives. In her article Nerissa argues that small-ball,  ineffective policies are being prioritised while the issues that people really care about – having a secure ... Continue reading