Commenting on Merseyside Police's decision to apologise for claiming "being offensive is an offence" as part of a campaign to encourage people to report hate crime, Marc Glendening, Head of Cultural Affairs at free market think tank the Institute of Economic Affairs, said:  "The decision by Merseyside police to spend taxpayers' money on a mobile ... Continue reading
Economic Theory
In many ways we take the financial sector for granted. We tend to assume that we would be more prosperous without it. Commentators often lament that clever mathematicians or physicists, for example, end up in the financial sector rather than becoming engineers and building bridges. Indeed, people down the ages have criticised the financial sector ... Continue reading
Responding to government plans to ensure freedom of speech and expression is upheld on university campuses, Marc Glendening, Head of Cultural Affairs at free market think tank the Institute of Economic Affairs, said:  "The news that the government intends to provide more support for academics who lose their jobs because of political discrimination is to be welcomed and ... Continue reading
Long-standing battles on the role and size of the state won’t be settled by a virus, says a new briefing paper from Dr Kristian Niemietz    The Coronavirus pandemic has given rise to the phenomenon of “Coronfirmation Bias”: the tendency to interpret the pandemic as a “vindication” of one’s own world view. Conventional wisdoms about the UK pandemic response – that austerity eroded the state’s capacity to act, that Covid-19 is a ... Continue reading

Annabel Denham writes for the Spectator

After damning figures from the National Audit Office (NAO) revealed an entire generation of people are no longer consuming BBC media, Annabel Denham, IEA Director of Communications said: "The NAO’s findings are about as ground-breaking as your average anodyne Beeb drama". Writing for the Spectator, Annabel argued that it's "time for the BBC to realise ... Continue reading
Society and Culture
Last night I watched Halifax Town play Southport in a streamed FA Trophy game. It was a foul night, with driving rain and an increasingly unplayable pitch. It was an enjoyable game nevertheless. But should it have been played? For the vast majority of you who don’t follow non-league football, a quick update. Last year ... Continue reading
Professor Len Shackleton, Editorial and Research Fellow at free-market think tank the Institute of Economic Affairs, said: "The government encouraged the National League – Steps 5 and 6 of the football hierarchy – to start the season in October in front of empty stadia, on the assumption that crowds would soon be allowed to return. ... Continue reading

IEA responds to NAO report on the BBC licence fee

Responding to a report by the National Audit Office (NAO) on the future of the BBC licence fee, Professor Philip Booth, Senior Academic Fellow at the free market think tank the Institute of Economic Affairs and author of ‘New Vision: Transforming the BBC into a subscriber-owned mutual’ said:  “The NAO's findings come as no surprise. ... Continue reading

Christopher Snowdon writes for Quillette

In the final months of the pandemic, the debate unfolding on social media has mutated from how to deal with Covid-19, to whether it exists as all, writes the IEA's Head of Lifestyle Economics Christopher Snowdon. In an article for Quillette, Chris argues that a significant number of "lockdown sceptics" have chosen to indulge in ... Continue reading

Dr Kristian Niemietz writes for Reaction

At first sight, it may seem as if Culture War issues have come to dominate economic issues, but that would be a "fundamental misunderstanding", writes the IEA's Head of Political Economy Dr Kristian Niemietz. In an article for Reaction, Kristian argues that for all intents and purposes, "wokeness" is a subset of anti-capitalism, which we ... Continue reading