Government and Institutions
On Tuesday 9th February 2021, the Institute of Economic Affairs published 'Viral Myths: Why we risk learning the wrong lessons from the pandemic', a briefing paper authored by our Head of Political Economy Dr Kristian Niemietz. The report argued that Covid-19 has been used to justify certain "conventional wisdoms", including the belief that the NHS ... Continue reading
Government and Institutions
Last spring, my colleague Chris Snowdon compiled an amusing Twitter thread highlighting examples of commentators and activists who were using the pandemic as a new excuse to peddle their old pet causes. The format was always the same: someone would make up some spurious reason why Covid-19 has supposedly “vindicated” the case for X, or ... Continue reading

Victoria Hewson quoted in City AM

The Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng MP has announced his plan for new state aid rules, which will allow taxpayers' money to be spent on subsidising private companies in the UK. Commenting in City AM, Victoria Hewson, Head of Regulatory Affairs at the IEA said: “Governments are notoriously bad at picking winners, whether that’s in the ... Continue reading
Government and Institutions
The government has today announced that Professor Syed Kamall, Academic & Research Director at the Institute of Economic Affairs, is to become a member of the House of Lords, where he will take the Conservative whip. As the Institute of Economic Affairs is a strictly non-partisan think tank, he will therefore step down from his ... Continue reading
Government and Institutions

Emily Carver writes for CapX

If rolled out efficiently, the vaccines could spark our economic recovery, at the heart of which will be the ‘levelling up’ agenda, says the IEA's Head of Media Emily Carver. Writing for CapX ,Emily argues that much of the government's plans rely on the "false assumption that the state is best placed to pick winners". ... Continue reading
Government and Institutions
With less than a month left until the transitional period ends and the UK’s separation from the EU becomes final, several issues are still aggravating and further complicating this already complex divorce. The fishing row is one of those family tiffs. While we were part of the EU, all member states were able to benefit ... Continue reading
Responding to reports that the Treasury will announce a public sector pay freeze in next week's Spending Review, Professor Len Shackleton, Editorial and Research Fellow at the free-market think tank the Institute of Economic Affairs, said:  "Every 1% increase in pay costs the taxpayer around £2 billion, and even with a freeze on pay there will be an upward drift in ... Continue reading
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
In response to Boris Johnson's announcement of further restrictions across England, Mark Littlewood, Director General at the Institute of Economic Affairs, said: "We seem to have learnt the wholly unsurprising lesson that a relaxation of restrictions leads to an increase in the infection rate. Rather than putting the entire economy in the deep freeze while ... Continue reading

Philip Booth writes for the Catholic Herald

In article for the Catholic Herald, IEA Senior Academic Fellow Professor Philip Booth looks at the question of global governing authority, raised again – though hardly for the first time – by Pope Francis in his encyclical, Fratelli tutti. Philip argues that "even the most ardent Catholic Brexiteer would accept that there should be some ... Continue reading