It is never dull when you find yourself the target of a manifesto pledge. The Guardian reporting on December 4th that “the Institute of Economic Affairs, has been specifically named by Labour as an example of a thinktank that would be affected by its new policy”. The policy in question being one in their manifesto, ... Continue reading

Len Shackleton quoted in The Telegraph

Professor Len Shackleton, Editorial and Research Fellow at the Institute of Economic Affairs, is quoted by the Daily Telegraph is a feature looking at the problems facing Royal Mail. Len notes that Royal Mail "was a latecomer to the private sector" and is playing catch up when it comes to the kind of modernisations being ... Continue reading

Shanker Singham quoted in the Financial Times

“TfL’s effective ban on Uber in London represents a dark day for competition” says Shanker Singham, Director of the International Trade and Competition Unit at the Institute of Economic Affairs. Quoted in the Financial Times, Shanker adds that the app have made significant safety improvements in recent years and that many vulnerable groups may been ... Continue reading

Mark Littlewood writes for The Article

TfL's effective ban on Uber shows "the direction of bureaucratic travel", says Mark Littlewood, IEA Director-General. Writing for The Article, Mark argues that the move shows a desire to "strip us of making our own transport choices" and suggests the move is motivated in part by the "entrenched and vested interests of the traditional cab ... Continue reading
Commenting on Transport for London’s decision not to expand Uber’s licence, Director of Trade and Competition at the Institute of Economic Affairs Shanker Singham said: “Transport for London’s effective ban on Uber in London represents a dark day for competition and progress in the UK. “Uber - and other platforms like it - give consumers real alternatives to ... Continue reading

Mark Littlewood quoted in City A.M.

Mark Littlewood, Director-General of the Institute of Economic Affairs, is quoted on the front page of City A.M., responding to the Labour Party's plan to provide free, nationalised broadband to homes and businesses across the country. Mark said “to bring internet provision into the state’s remit would ensure all of the delays, waiting times and ... Continue reading
Many of today’s Conservatives have a taste for bans and mandates rivalling that of politicians on the Left, as we saw repeatedly during Mrs May’s administration. The latest example comes from Health Secretary Matt Hancock. His idea, floated at the party conference, is to ban children from attending school unless they have been vaccinated. Downing ... Continue reading
Labour Market
Assaults on economic freedom come so thick and so fast it is difficult to keep up with them. Here are two recent ones. Chancellor of the Exchequer and once-upon-a-time free marketer Sajid Javid was busy at the Conservative conference. He signed off a huge amount of extra spending without any apparent attention to detail, just ... Continue reading
In December 2003 the Secretary of State for Health asked Ofcom to look into the regulation of television advertising of High Fat, Salt and Sugar (HFSS) food to children in order to address concerns about the rising levels of childhood obesity.  How did Ofcom decide on an appropriate set of advertising regulations to address those ... Continue reading
Regulation
It appears that Bury FC has finally been expelled from the English Football League (EFL) because of its inability to meet financial and other obligations. Another club, Bolton Wanderers, seems likely to follow Bury into footballing oblivion unless it can somehow engineer salvation within the next fortnight. This has led to calls for the government ... Continue reading