Emma Revell writes for CapX

Emma Revell, Communications Manager at the IEA, writes for CapX on why the Labour Party are right to focus on local issues that matter to voters. Labour announced they plan to invest over £1.3bn re-opening 3,000 bus routes that have closed over the last decade. Emma notes that while the plans may be ill-thought out ... Continue reading

Keith Boyfield writes for City AM

Keith Boyfield, IEA Research Fellow, writes for City AM on the troubles facing the British car industry. Keith notes that the performance of the pound against the Euro means sterling-priced cars are very attractive to buyers in the Eurozone, meaning Brexit cannot be to blame for poor sales. More likely, he suggests, that improvements in ... Continue reading

Kate Andrews writes in City AM

Kate Andrews, Associate-Director of the Institute of Economic Affairs, wrote in City AM, welcoming comments that suggest HS2 will be included in the upcoming Spending Review. Originally touted by a Labour government and brought to life under the coalition, HS2 has faced scepticism and criticism from day one, in terms of both cost and practicality. ... Continue reading

Chris Snowdon comments in The Sun

Chris Snowdon, Head of Lifestyle Economics at the Institute of Economic Affairs has commented in The Sun on the calls for speed bumps and tolls on new roads to halt the obesity epidemic. In the article Chris argues that the practical applications in modern Britain are very limited.  We're not building new cities, and road ... Continue reading

Dr Richard Wellings appears on BBC Radio 5 Live

Dr Richard Wellings, Head of Transport at the Institute of Economic Affairs has appeared on BBC Radio 5 Live to discuss the latest rail fare rises. In the interview Richard argues that there is a problem with a fragmentation of the railway industry - it's hugely inefficient. The wrong model of privatisation was chosen but ... Continue reading

IEA reacts to latest rail fare rise

Commenting on the rise of rail fares this year, Dr Richard Wellings, Head of Transport at the Institute of Economic Affairs said: “If rail fares were not raised, taxpayers would be forced to pay even more to subsidise the rail industry. Their annual bill is already an astounding £6.4 billion. It would be deeply unfair ... Continue reading
Come Boxing Day, the media ran the usual tales of shoppers queuing before dawn to take advantage of High Street sales. Queues may have been shorter than in the past and the weather more forgiving, but the discomfort of long waits remained palpable. Yet from observing the behaviour of such crowds, the government could learn ... Continue reading

Madeline Grant writes for The Telegraph

Madeline Grant, Editorial Manager at the Institute of Economic Affairs has written for The Telegraph on newly announced tube strikes. In her article Madeline argues that London and its inhabitants may be held hostage for now, but the unions risk accelerating their own demise through their militancy. Driverless rail technology is common across Europe and has already proven ... Continue reading
Markets and Morality
The increasing usefulness of the term “Manichean” counters George Orwell’s excellent advice about choosing short, simple words, wherever possible. Its stretchy, almost mystical implications suit a dualistic age of subjective emotion over objective fact, painted caricature over proven reality, and shouted assertions over reasoned argument. Yes – I’m purposefully being dramatically Manichean about modernity: after ... Continue reading
Britain’s railways were privatised in the 1990s, but the policy remain controversial. A recent survey found that 60 per cent of the public would like to see the industry renationalised, a policy supported by the Labour Party. The problems facing the rail sector - such as high subsidies, overcrowding, and unreliable services – are typically ... Continue reading