Emma Revell writes for CapX

"A government's duty is to weigh policies in the round, not give in to single-issue tunnel vision" says Emma Revell, IEA Head of Communications, as further restrictions are announced to curtail the spread of coronavirus. Writing for CapX, Emma argues that "we cannot endlessly suppress Covid - especially when lockdowns have such catastrophic effects" but ... Continue reading
Society and Culture

Christopher Snowdon writes for The Critic

When it comes to a potential second lockdown, "everyone suffering in pursuit of impossible promises is pointless" says Christopher Snowdon, IEA Head of Lifestyle Economics. Writing for The Critic, Christopher argues we are not in the same situation as March- despite claims to the contrary - and that "it is very unlikely that a second ... Continue reading

Kristian Niemietz writes for Reaction

With the culture wars raging on, the IEA's Head of Political Economy Dr Kristian Niemietz asks whether we've moved to situation where people's political identity is primarily defined by cultural issues, rather than economic ones. In an article for Reaction, Kristian argues that the culture war will not in fact replace economics; campaigns such as ... Continue reading
Society and Culture

With Julian Knight MP, Sir Robbie Gibb, and more

Should the BBC continue to be funded by the licence fee or other form of tax, or has this become an outmoded way of financing broadcasting in the modern world? Some argue that changes in technology mean that the current approach to financing, owning and regulating the BBC is no longer tenable. Others suggest the ... Continue reading

Len Shackleton writes for 1828

"Unless there is a fundamental change in our rulers’ mindset, and people are allowed to take reasonable risks in their daily lives,  professional football below the Premier League should consider closing down for the duration of Covid-19", writes the IEA's Editorial and Research Fellow Professor Len Shackleton. In a column for 1828, Len argues that ... Continue reading

IEA webinar quoted in the Metro newspaper

"Some of the things that BBC news presenters and others have done on social media would not be acceptable to me" says former Head of BBC Radio 4 Mark Damazer. The comments reporting by the Metro newspaper were made as part of an IEA webinar on the future of the BBC with Julian Knight MP, ... Continue reading

IEA webinar featured in The Times

"The licence fee is “morally on the way out” and the BBC should be required to make much of its money through optional subscriptions" says Julian Knight, Conservative MP. The comments came as part of an IEA webinar on the future of the BBC. Knight spoke alongside former senior BBC employees Sir Robbie Gibb and ... Continue reading

IEA webinar quoted by the Daily Mirror

"The Government should have come together with the BBC and discussed a way in which we could have got to a situation where we got to at least the next Charter" with an argument over free licence fees for the over-75s said Julian Knight MP, Chair of the Digital, Culture, Media, and Sport Select Committee. ... Continue reading

Christopher Snowdon quoted in the Daily Mail

As the government considers new laws to curb social interactions in a bid to prevent accelerated spread of coronavirus, Christopher Snowdon, Head of Lifestyle Economics at the Institute of Economic Affairs, said a second nationwide lockdown would be "catastrophic". Quoted in the Daily Mail, Christopher added "Sweden has shown us a more sensible way to ... Continue reading
Society and Culture
A common misunderstanding about “wokeness” is that it is not about censorship, or silencing unfashionable opinions, but merely about good manners. The “woke”, in this naïve interpretation, are not trying force a particular ideology on anyone; they are not trying to “cancel” people they disagree with. They just want to stop us from making disparaging, ... Continue reading