Mark Littlewood appears on Chopper's Brexit podcast

Mark Littlewood, Director General at the Institute of Economic Affairs has appeared on The Telegraph's Brexit podcast to discuss Brexit and the question of who funds think tanks. On Brexit, Mark argues that Brexit could be a great opportunity for this country if it is done well. There are medium to long-term gains that I ... Continue reading
Economic Theory
Last week I blogged about the way in which regulation may exacerbate pay gaps between different ethnic groups, using the example of taxi regulation in London. Another example is regulation of restaurants and (especially) takeaway outlets. A glance at any high street will suggest that some minority ethnic groups (especially those of Bangladeshi and Chinese ... Continue reading

IEA research features in the Daily Telegraph

IEA research on BBC bias on major flagship programmes has featured in the Daily Telegraph: "According to the Institute of Economic Affairs, of the 297 panellists appearing on Radio 4’s Any Questions between 2016 and 2017, two thirds were Remainers. And this is only the most overt example of the BBC’s biased approach to Brexit." Read ... Continue reading

IEA responds to the latest Lancet report

Responding to calls in The Lancet for a global treaty to mandate tobacco-style regulation of food and soft drinks, Christopher Snowdon, Head of Lifestyle Economics at the Institute of Economic Affairs said: “This is the final vindication for those us who have warned about the slippery slope of regulation. Nanny state zealots are no longer ... Continue reading
James Dyson’s decision to relocate the headquarters of his company to Singapore has sparked a hyperbolic and predictable outcry. Dyson, an entrepreneur and prominent supporter of Brexit, has run into accusations of hypocrisy and even treachery from MPs on both sides of the green benches. Elsewhere, prominent commentators on the Leave and Remain sides of ... Continue reading

Chris Snowdon writes for CapX

Chris Snowdon, Head of Lifestyle Economics at the Institute of Economic Affairs has written for CapX on shrinkflation. In his article Chris points out that when Public Health England first set out on this quixotic crusade, food companies were expected to reformulate their products to meet these arbitrary targets. Viewing sugar, fat, salt and calories as ... Continue reading

Chris Snowdon comments in The Sun

Chris Snowdon, Head of Lifestyle Economics at the Institute of Economic Affairs has commented in The Sun on the news that multi-buy offers on junk food could soon be banned. In the article Chris argues that the nanny state now wants to use the law to tell shops where to place their products and how ... Continue reading
The issue of how to regulate the press has been fiercely debated since the establishment of the Leveson Inquiry in 2011, days after the News of the World newspaper closed amid the phone-hacking scandal. The conclusion of Part I of the inquiry in 2012 confirmed widespread wrongdoing within the sector, and resulted in criminal convictions ... Continue reading
Economic Theory
I can only assume that Netflix is bidding for rights to Brexit: The Saga. You might as well download the past 48 hours’ worth of news coverage, upload to the streaming site, and advertise it as how Breaking Bad would have unfolded if set in Westminster instead of New Mexico. The news is pure entertainment. Arguably, that’s ... Continue reading
Lifestyle Economics

The IEA responds to the Obesity Health Alliance call to ban food products

Responding to the Obesity Health Alliance's call to ban a range of food products from supermarket checkouts, aisles and entrances, Christopher Snowdon, Head of Lifestyle Economics at the Institute of Economic Affairs said: “This policy is already part of this Government's draconian obesity strategy. The Obesity Health Alliance is merely trying to drum up some ‘grass roots’ ... Continue reading