Annabel Denham writes for The Spectator

Annabel Denham, IEA Director of Communications, has written for The Spectator commenting on the Bills introduced in the Queen's Speech. Annabel argues that, as demonstrated by the sheer amount of new legislation announced this week, politicians are increasingly using the number of regulations they introduce as their metric for success. "But we now find ourselves ... Continue reading

Matthew Lesh and Victoria Hewson comment for Conservative Home

Matthew Lesh, IEA Head of Public Policy and Victoria Hewson, IEA Head of Regulatory Affairs, have given their thoughts on the policy proposals outlined in the Queen's Speech. Matthew argued that, in spite of the government's insistence that it will seize Brexit opportunities, "the government is steaming ahead with legislation like the Online Safety Bill ... Continue reading

Victoria Hewson writes for CapX

Victoria Hewson, IEA Head of Regulatory Affairs, has written for CapX on the important role that judicial scrutiny can play in the regulatory process. In light of Meta's decision to appeal the Competition and Market Authority's ruling that they must release recently acquired Giphy. "Like all regulators, the CMA is capable of making mistakes, and ... Continue reading

Victoria Hewson comments for City AM

Victoria Hewson, IEA Head of Regulatory Affairs, has commented for City AM on reports that the government may backtrack on its decision to strengthen the UK's tech regulator. “Far from protecting competition and innovation, this [digital markets unit] would be more likely to lead to a decline in investment in tech, threatening economic growth and ... Continue reading
Social media giant Meta is appealing last year’s ruling by the CMA that its acquisition of GIF provider Giphy was anti-competitive and must be unwound. Before the ruling, Meta (then still known as Facebook) was fined £50m for failing to provide information to the regulator. Which makes it rather ironic that it emerged last week in the ... Continue reading

Matthew Lesh comments for The Express

Matthew Lesh, IEA Head of Public Policy, has commented in The Express on the benefits that privatisation would bring to the DVLA and Passport Office. Matthew's comments come in the wake of complaints about long processing times and the behaviour of their employees. “I think what we’ve seen from the Passport Office and the DVLA ... Continue reading

Matthew Lesh writes for City AM

Matthew Lesh, IEA Head of Public Policy, has written for City AM on the potential for the Online Safety Bill, which will compel Twitter to remove "hate speech" and "legal but harmful" content, to thwart Elon Musk's designs for greater free speech on the platform. "Despite claims from Dorries, and the weak duty to “have ... Continue reading

Annabel Denham writes for The Telegraph

Annabel Denham, IEA Director of Communications, has written for the Telegraph on Emmanuel Macron's proven ambition to revitalise the French economy through deregulation, versus the UK's post-Brexit regulatory inertia. Annabel argues that our government should take heed of Macron's economic reforms and make headway in deregulating our economy. "It says something of our pusillanimity that ... Continue reading

Mark Littlewood writes for The Times

Mark Littlewood, IEA Director General, has written for The Times on the damaging effect that poorly costed regulation, such as the upcoming Online Safety Bill, can have on our economy. "no quantitative attempt has been made to calculate whether the digital economy might contract as part of the online safety drive — were it to ... Continue reading
In the last couple of months, the UK Parliament rushed through a raft of new legislation to bolster its sanction regime in response to Russia’s unprovoked invasion of Ukraine. While this is understandable, indeed laudable, this legislation goes significantly beyond its stated purpose and triggers serious dangers to our liberty and property rights. When scrutinised, ... Continue reading