Society and Culture
The government appears to be suffering from a combination of advanced Doublethink and early onset of magical thinking when it comes to free speech. On the one hand, it is commendably fighting back against the illiberal onslaught within higher education, but on the other hand, it has caved in to the authoritarian tendencies of the ... Continue reading

Emily Carver referenced in the Wonkhe

Earlier this week, Emily Carver, Head of Media at the IEA, wrote about the need to protect free speech on university campus for Conservative Home. The article was picked up by educational publication Wonkhe. The Wonkhe reported: "What we don’t know is whether O’Brien would back the kind of invasive interventions into higher education envisaged ... Continue reading

Emily Carver writes for Conservative Home

IEA Head of Media Emily Carver has written her bi-weekly column for Conservative Home on the need to embolden free speech at universities after Edinburgh University introduced speech guidance to its staff on transgender issues. Emily argued that although it is promising that the government is acting to strengthen free speech on campus, "overregulation of ... Continue reading
Society and Culture
Everyone, it seems, wants to be democratic. There are even countries (such as Algeria, Congo, Ethiopia, Laos and North Korea) that have the word ‘Democratic’ in their official name. The fact that those same countries are very far from true democracies — and in some cases, are outright dictatorships — just shows how the idea ... Continue reading
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William Shakespeare’s play Hamlet is considered by some to be the single greatest story ever written. Hamlet has it all: ghosts, sword fights, suicide, revenge, lust, murder, philosophy, faith, manipulation, and a climactic bloodbath worthy of a Tarantino film. It is a masterpiece of both high art and sensationalism, the only play I have seen ... Continue reading
Why are academics so fond of misrepresenting economic liberalism? Take the recent New Statesman article co-written by Adrian Pabst, a highly respected political theorist at the University of Kent, and the writer and researcher Ron Ivey. The authors are, of course, perfectly entitled to tear into what they call “market fundamentalism” – but in doing so they punch below ... Continue reading

Emily Carver writes for Conservative Home

IEA Head of Media Emily Carver has penned her bi-weekly article for Conservative Home commenting on the recent outrage caused by the findings of the race report by the Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities. Emily criticises institutions for adopting  woke orthodoxies like critical race theory, white privilege and unconscious bias training. She argues it ... Continue reading
The Report of the Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities has attracted predictable controversy. Some are hailing it as an important new, more positive, direction in policy towards ethnic minorities, while others condemn it as “whitewashing” the country’s record and “gaslighting” equality campaigners. I suspect many of the most vociferous on both sides of the ... Continue reading
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Emily Craver writes for Conservative Home

In her bi-weekly column for Conservative Home, IEA Head of Media Emily Carver suggests it would be wrong to make misogyny a hate crime just because of the public outcry around the tragic death of Sarah Everard. Emily argues: "hate crime legislation creates a scenario in which thoughts and ideas are subject to the criminal ... Continue reading
As we approach the one-year anniversary of the first national lockdown, Christopher Snowdon, Head of Lifestyle Economics at free market think tank the Institute of Economic Affairs, said: "Even if the vaccination programme slows down next month, we are in a far better place than anybody expected in January. The data continues to exceed expectations, ... Continue reading