On Uber, reactions speak louder than words. Set aside for a moment the issue of Uber’s compliance with the Transport for London (TfL) rules, and whether revoking their licence was justified or proportionate. The celebratory tone of the supposed “labour movement” to news that 40,000 contractors will see their main source of income effectively banned ... Continue reading

Reaction to Chancellor Philip Hammond's conference speech

Commenting on the Chancellor's speech to Conservative Party Conference, Mark Littlewood, Director General at the Institute of Economic Affairs said:  “The Chancellor delivered a robust defence of the role of free markets, which should be music to the ears of businesses and taxpayers across the country. It’s now crucial that the Government follow up with ... Continue reading

Mark Littlewood writes for The Times

Mark Littlewood, Director General at the Institute of Economic Affairs has written for The Times on the TfL ruling on Uber. In his article Mark makes the point that technology is radically changing our understanding of what constitutes employment and if we move to a world in which self-employment is the norm, present approaches to ... Continue reading
Transport for London’s decision to cancel Uber’s license could have been based on a sophisticated economic analysis of the total costs and benefits of app-based transport platforms such as this one. If it had been, one might believe that TfL was pursuing its mission to protect passengers and promote affordable and efficient transport for Londoners. ... Continue reading

Diego Zuluaga writes for Conservative Home

Diego Zuluaga, Head of Tech Policy at the Institute of Economic Affairs has written for Conservative Home on TfL's ruling on Uber's licence. In his article Diego argues that TfL's interest is not that of the vast majority of Londoners. Most of us want a transport system that is reliable, cheap, safe and agreeable. Uber ... Continue reading

Mark Littlewood comments in The Times

Mark Littlewood, Director General at the Institute of Economic Affairs has commented in The Times on the TfL ruling for Uber's licence. In the article Mark argues that Tranport for London's decision is an assault on drivers and customers alike and a victory for protectionism. Read the full article here. (££)... Continue reading

Mark Littlewood comments in City AM

Mark Littlewood, Director General at the Institute of Economic Affairs has commented in City AM on TfL’s ruling on Uber. In the article Mark argues that the decision to not renew Uber's licence strikes a huge blow to competition and innovation within London's transport market. If this ruling is upheld, it will ruin flexible working ... Continue reading

Mark Littlewood writes for the Daily Mail

Mark Littlewood, Director General at the Institute of Economic Affairs has commented in the Daily Mail on TfL's ruling on Uber. In the article Mark argues that banning Uber, and clamping down on the Gig economy more generally, is a restriction upon freedom of choice, both for Uber's drivers and passengers. In doing so, Transport ... Continue reading

Richard Wellings is quoted in the Financial Times

Dr Richard Wellings, Head of Transport at the Institute of Economic Affairs has been quoted in the Financial Times on HS2. In the article Richard argues that the government's cost-benefit analysis of HS2 - which estimates it will provide £2.20 of economic benefit for every £1 spent - highlights a poor return on investment. By ... Continue reading

IEA quoted in The Sunday Times leader

The IEA has been referenced in The Sunday Times leader which looks at our railway system and how it is and perhaps should be run. In the article the IEA is quoted as describing our railway system as a "public-private hybrid" that rail companies are struggling to operate and where customers are paying for the ... Continue reading