Reaction to Theresa May's speech

Commenting on the Prime Minister’s speech at Conservative Party Conference, Mark Littlewood, Director General at the Institute of Economic Affairs, said: “The Prime Minister's encouraging rhetoric was followed up with the wrong policies. Saying that house prices necessitate government building is as wrongheaded as saying increased food prices require new state-run farms.  It is government ... Continue reading
On Uber, reactions speak louder than words. Set aside for a moment the issue of Uber’s compliance with the Transport for London (TfL) rules, and whether revoking their licence was justified or proportionate. The celebratory tone of the supposed “labour movement” to news that 40,000 contractors will see their main source of income effectively banned ... Continue reading

Mark Littlewood comments in The Sun

Mark Littlewood, Director General at the Institute of Economic Affairs has commented in The Sun following the Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn's speech at conference. In the article Mark argues that Jeremy Corbyn's agenda would be a race to the bottom for the economy, entrepreneurship and living standards in the UK. The rhetoric of his speech ... Continue reading
Research

Global economic freedom up slightly; UK ranks 10th among 159 jurisdictions

The United Kingdom ranks 10th out of 159 countries and territories included in the Economic Freedom of the World: 2017 Annual Report. The UK's ranking is unchanged from last year's. Executive Summary:  The index published in Economic Freedom of the World measures the degree to which the policies and institutions of countries are supportive of ... Continue reading

Reaction to Jeremy Corbyn's speech

Commenting on Jeremy Corbyn’s speech to Labour Party Conference, Mark Littlewood, Director General at the Institute of Economic Affairs, said: “Jeremy Corbyn’s agenda would be a race to the bottom for the economy, entrepreneurship and living standards in the UK. The rhetoric of his speech – that of state ownership, economic protectionism and rent controls ... Continue reading

Reaction to Shadow Chancellor's conference speech

Commenting on John McDonnell's speech to Labour Party Conference, Mark Littlewood, Director General at the Institute of Economic Affairs, said: “Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell’s speech today shows little understanding of how markets work, let alone how they can help to solve economic and social problems. “Reducing the incentive for responsible lenders to supply credit could ... Continue reading

Mark Littlewood writes for The Times

Mark Littlewood, Director General at the Institute of Economic Affairs has written for The Times on the TfL ruling on Uber. In his article Mark makes the point that technology is radically changing our understanding of what constitutes employment and if we move to a world in which self-employment is the norm, present approaches to ... Continue reading
Transport for London’s decision to cancel Uber’s license could have been based on a sophisticated economic analysis of the total costs and benefits of app-based transport platforms such as this one. If it had been, one might believe that TfL was pursuing its mission to protect passengers and promote affordable and efficient transport for Londoners. ... Continue reading

Diego Zuluaga writes for Conservative Home

Diego Zuluaga, Head of Tech Policy at the Institute of Economic Affairs has written for Conservative Home on TfL's ruling on Uber's licence. In his article Diego argues that TfL's interest is not that of the vast majority of Londoners. Most of us want a transport system that is reliable, cheap, safe and agreeable. Uber ... Continue reading