Mark Littlewood in conversation with James Delingpole

Mark Littlewood sits down with James Delingpole for a broad conversation about the current state of affairs. Topics of discussion included: how you make free markets sexy to generation snowflake; the zealous defence of 'our' overrated National Health Service; and the appeal of Conservative MP Jacob Rees-Mogg. Listen to the full podcast here.... Continue reading

Julian Jessop comments in Sky News

On the back of Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell's proposal to expand ownership, Chief Economist Julian Jessop offers his thoughts on Sky News. Mr McDonnell's plan demands that firms listed in the UK who employ over 250 people create inclusive ownership funds. Julian commented: "If it costs nothing to boost workers incomes by £500 in this ... 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
Economic Theory

Kate Andrews writes for CityAM

In her weekly column, Kate Andrews extols the consumer benefit of price wars. This comes in the wake of Tesco's launch of Jack's, a low-cost competitor to Aldi and Lidl. The entrance into the market of a new competitor, and the downward impact on prices it will cause, provides a strong justification of the virtues ... Continue reading

Madeline Grant writes for Telegraph Refresh

Recalling her youth, Madeline Grant writes for Telegraph Refresh on how the teenage summer job has disappeared, and why we should mourn its passing. 'Like many young people, I did a number of part-time jobs in my late teens – some good, some bad, and some very ugly indeed. There were summers pulling pints at ... Continue reading

Len Shackleton speaks to WikiTRIBUNE

Following last week's Trade Union Congress, Len Shackleton talks to WikiTRIBUNE alongside Cary Cooper about the proposals that emerged from the congress, including a four-day working week. In addition, Len discusses what should be considered a recognized job, the gender pay gap, automation and workplace happiness. Read the full conversation here.... Continue reading
Housing and Planning

Madeline Grant writes for CapX

Madeline Grant writes for CapX on how the effects of the housing crisis have permeated throughout the British economy: "One recent study showed that Londoners and residents of several other cities are on average spending more than a third of their monthly salary on rent, before even considering household bills or council tax payments. In ... Continue reading
Lifestyle Economics

Chris Snowdon comments in The Daily Express

Chris Snowdon comments in The Daily Express, questioning the justification of the UK's £15m contribution to the WHO's Framework Convention on Tobacco Control. Reacting to the latest FCT report advising the banning of vaping devises in developing countries, Chris said: “The WHO’s scaremongering stance on e-cigarettes is at odds with the British Government’s evidence-based position. ... Continue reading
Education

Len Shackleton appears on Channel 4

Len Shackleton appears on Channel 4 new last night discussing Further Education funding. Len is clear that the whole area of funding needs to be looked at, including FE. The upcoming review of post-18 education will do so, but must specifically look at the the changing demand of the sector. Within FE, there is a ... Continue reading
Economic Theory

Madeline Grant writes for BBC Capital

Madeline Grant writes for BBC Capital on why we never seem to cut our losses. Published as part of BBC Capital's series The Psychology of Spending, Madeline outlines how this phenomenon is well known within economics as the sunk cost fallacy and is part of our lives in far more ways than we know: "A ... Continue reading