IEA research quoted in The Guardian

Nicky Morgan, Culture Secretary, has told a Select Committee that she is "open-minded" to replacing the BBC licence fee, reports The Guardian. In response to a question from Julian Knight MP, Morgan said she would listen to evidence on all side of the debate. Last week the IEA published a new report, 'New Vision: Transforming ... Continue reading
Extinction Rebellion (XR), the movement using direct action to seek to persuade the Government to adopt a headline 2025 net zero target to tackle climate change, has been banned from protest in London, after a week of law-breaking activities that have drained resources away from front-line policing. In practice this means XR protestors can be ... Continue reading

Alexander C. R. Hammond writes for The Washington Times

US businesses are risking condoning human rights violations and censoring in China as "being brave has become less important to companies as access to China’s enormous market grows into an ever more irresistible prize to firms around the world", writes Alexander C. R. Hammond, Policy Adviser to the IEA Director General. Writing in The Washington Times, ... Continue reading

IEA report covered by the Daily Express

The Daily Express has reported on a new IEA publication which proposes a new model for the future of the BBC, suggesting a switch to a subscriber-owned mutual. Professor Philip Booth, author of the report, said "Such an ownership model for the BBC would be fit-for-purpose in the modern broadcasting world, detach the BBC from ... Continue reading
Society and Culture

Telegraph exclusive on latest IEA report 'New Vision'

The BBC licence fee should be scrapped and replaced by a subscription model as proposed in a new IEA report, covered by the Daily Telegraph. The Daily Telegraph quoted report author Professor Philip Booth, who said: “The BBC funding model needs to be pulled into the 21st century. The UK has a long history of ... Continue reading
Energy and Environment
On 2 October 2019, the Guardian wrote to the IEA accusing us of having "a long history of climate denial", setting out a small number of historic publications, going back to 1994, which the reporter implied supported this claim, and proposed we might wish to "retract" them. This in the context of an article the ... Continue reading
Society and Culture
On 30 September, the Institute of Economic Affairs and the Taxpayers’ Alliance organised a balloon debate entitled Socialism: Future or failure? at the 2019 Conservative Party Conference, as part of their ThinkTent fringe event series. One of the panellists was the IEA’s Dr Kristian Niemietz. The article below is based on his opening remarks.   ... Continue reading
When I was a PhD student in the early 1990s, Francis Fukuyama published The End of History and the Last Man, claiming that we had reached “the end point of mankind’s ideological evolution and the universalisation of Western liberal democracy as the final form of human government”. Nearly 30 years later, we see plenty of ... Continue reading
Economic Theory
If you are a socialist, and you are toying with the idea of writing a book – now is the time to do so. The “Millennial Socialism” craze has led to a proliferation of publications which, in one way or another, make the case that socialism has never been properly tried, and that we should ... Continue reading
Society and Culture
…continued from Part 1   The next chapter of Rainer Zitelmann’s book The Power of Capitalism takes us closer to home. These days, British conservatives often go out of their way to signal that they are no longer Thatcherites, treating their 1980s legacy as something to be ashamed of. Zitelmann offers a useful reminder of ... Continue reading