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
Transport
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

Madeline Grant writes for The Telegraph

Madeline Grant writes for The Telegraph on the over-zealous focus among UK policy-makers on rail. Madeline questions why a declining means of transport, that accounts for just 7 per cent of total passenger miles, receives so much investment. Instead, the UK should embrace the car revolution and invest in roads. 'Steam engines may have had ... Continue reading
Government and Institutions

IEA no-deal briefing on aviation features in The Sun

A new IEA no-deal briefing on aviation post-Brexit has featured in The Sun. There is no fall-back plan for air traffic control rights under World Trade Organisation rules in the event a deal cannot be struck with Brussels. But there are options available to the Government to put measures in place before March - and while it would ... Continue reading

IEA no-deal briefing on aviation features in the Daily Express

A new IEA no-deal briefing on aviation post-Brexit has featured in the Daily Express. The government will have the opportunity to arrange a solution, if we leave with no-deal. These included becoming members of the European Common Aviation Area but this would mean having to abide by EU rules. It would also more than likely ... Continue reading