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

Mark Littlewood writes for the Daily Telegraph

"As a free trading independent nation, our alliances and agreements will be in a permanent state of flux" and regardless of whether the UK and EU reach an agreement on their trade relationship in 2020 the negotiations will continue, says Mark Littlewood, Director-General of the Institute of Economic Affairs. Writing for the Daily Telegraph, Mark ... Continue reading
Government and Institutions
"With such a drastic increase of funding [from the EU Coronavirus Recovery Fund] it is crucial that the money is spent on policies where the most added value can be created" says Adam Bartha, Director of the EPICENTER network for European free market think tanks. Writing for New Europe, Adam argues the budget negotiation process ... Continue reading

Professor Len Shackleton writes for CapX

"The Covid inquiry will be a painful and controversial process which will satisfy nobody" says Professor Len Shackleton, IEA Editorial and Research Fellow. Writing for CapX, Len notes that while some forms of public inquiry can produce productive outcomes, many are "diffuse and outcomes slower to reach and less satisfactory". Len argues that any coronavirus ... Continue reading

Julian Jessop quoted by The Edge Markets

Responding to the Prime Minsiter's promise of a  ‘new deal’ to rebuild U.K. economy after virus, IEA Fellow Julian Jessop said “Infrastructure spending can get the biggest bang for the buck over the longer term, if projects are chosen carefully and boost productivity, but it is hard to find a large number of worthwhile shovel-ready ... Continue reading