Kate Andrews writes for City A.M.

Kate Andrews, Associate Director at the Institute of Economic Affairs, has written an article for City A.M. about the NHS winter crisis. If Britain’s tax burden is approaching the levels of its European counterparts, one would expect its services to be on an equal footing as well. But one glance at healthcare statistics, for example, ... Continue reading

Professor Philip Booth writes for CapX

Philip Booth, Senior Academic Fellow at the Institute of Economic Affairs,  has written an article for CapX on the moral case for free markets. Good policy depends on a well-informed population. The contribution of business to the formation of the intellectual climate is important. Businesses have a social responsibility to ensure that they do not ... Continue reading
Tax and Fiscal Policy
Benjamin Franklin once noted that “nothing is certain, except death and taxes”. Given recent developments, I’d add government incompetence in levying those taxes to the list. A damning new report from the House of Lords Economic Committee has accused HMRC of using disproportionate, even unlawful, measures to clamp down on suspected tax avoidance. They highlight ... Continue reading
Over the past week, politicians from both sides of the House have been railing against ‘corporate excess’ in all its forms. On Tuesday we learnt that the Labour Party is considering further action on high pay, including a ban on ‘golden handshakes’, and legislation barring executives from being paid in share options. The new report, ... Continue reading

Christopher Snowdon is quoted by The Sun

Christopher Snowdon, Head of Lifestyle Economics at the Institute of Economic Affairs, has been quoted by The Sun in a post about the sugar levy on soft drinks. Christopher said; "The evidence so far suggests that the sugar tax has failed in every capacity. It's failed to bring in the revenues for the treasury, it's ... Continue reading
Lifestyle Economics

Christopher Snowdon is quoted in The Sun

Christopher Snowdon, Head of Lifestyle Economics at the Institute of Economic Affairs, has been quoted by The Sun in an article on the proposed sugar tax. Chris said; “In many cases, sugar reduction is not feasible, so the only option is shrinking the product.” Read the full article here. Further Reading: Killjoys: A Critique of Paternalism... Continue reading
Tax and Fiscal Policy

IEA report referenced by Love Money

Love Money have referenced an IEA publication on the shadow economy in an article about tax dodging. The IEA report explains; “We should also be wary about trying to stamp out the shadow economy as we may stamp out the entrepreneurship and business formation that goes with it.” Read the full Love Money article here. ... Continue reading
Lifestyle Economics

Christopher Snowdon features in The Mirror

Christopher Snowdon, head of lifestyle economics at the Institute for Economic Affairs, has featured in Caitlin Moran’s Celebrity Watch in the Times on the prospect of a tax on meat. Chris called it a nanny state idea, employing the same combination of junk science and dodgy economics that led to the sugar tax. Read the ... Continue reading

Christopher Snowdon features in The Times

Christopher Snowdon, head of lifestyle economics at the Institute for Economic Affairs, has featured in Caitlin Moran's Celebrity Watch in the Times on the prospect of a tax on meat. Christopher said that taxing food is “the next battleground for the nanny state”. Read the full article here. Further Reading: IEA reaction to the proposed meat ... Continue reading
Tax and Fiscal Policy

Christopher Snowdon features on the BBC

Christopher Snowdon, head of lifestyle economics at the Institute for Economic Affairs, has featured in an article by the BBC on the prospect of a tax on meat. Christopher said that taxing food is "the next battleground for the nanny state", and argued it would be "absurd" to raise the cost of living through a meat ... Continue reading