Regulation
“Name one EU regulation or law you would change?” This question is often posed to Brexiteers, usually by those who believe Eurosceptics lack detailed arguments or, worse still, didn’t know precisely what they were voting for. Though this may be true in some cases, EU-friendly commentators are also, at times, guilty of a myopia of ... Continue reading
This is the strange tale of how Greenpeace and the Guardian newspaper colluded to attempt to show that the IEA is an all-powerful, Illuminati-style puppet-master controlling the apparatus of government on both sides of the Atlantic to ensure that the corporate elite remain in charge. It all began in Copenhagen in May, where I was ... Continue reading
Government and Institutions
The government’s Chequers statement released last week will form the basis of a long-awaited White Paper setting out the UK’s future relationship with the European Union. Though the details are yet to be fully fleshed out, there is a real danger that these initial proposals, if implemented, would run the risk of binding the UK ... Continue reading
"We were deeply saddened to learn of the death of Professor Harold Rose, who died last week, aged 94. Professor Rose was a distinguished economist, former Chairman of the IEA and lifelong supporter of the free market movement. (From left to right: Professor Harold Rose, Arthur Seldon, Lord Harris, Friedrich Hayek, J B Wood and ... Continue reading
The Guardian has recently published data on the gender pay gap in different parts of the Civil Service. Despite the gap having fallen since this exercise was last done, there has been predicable outrage. Labour says it is ‘appalling’ and ‘morally wrong’ for a pay gap to exist at all in the public sector. The ... Continue reading
I saw a first sneak preview of Corbynmania about two years ago. It had nothing to do with Jeremy Corbyn, whose existence I was blissfully ignorant of at the time. I took part in a panel discussion on the UK housing market, organised by a London university, for an audience of students and young academics. ... Continue reading
Two weeks ago, Tim Gurner, an Australian property developer, caused a wave of social media outrage. Gurner had suggested that the reason why so many young people cannot afford to buy a home is that they spend too much money on fancy stuff – he specifically mentioned ‘smashed avocado’ and ‘four coffees’ – rather than ... Continue reading
Continued from Part 1.   Let me suggest that what Marx was objecting to – revolting against – was human nature and the existence of scarcity. Man can never escape from or get outside of being an individual “ego.” We exist as individual human beings; we think, remember, imagine, choose, and act as distinct and ... Continue reading
Gross Domestic Product pops up everywhere in the news. In the summer of 2016, for example, the news that Ireland’s GDP had increased by 26.3 per cent in 2015 had people scratching their heads. Last September’s issue of The Economist raised the perennial question of whether GDP figures released by the Chinese government are reliable. ... Continue reading
First published in the Netherlands in 2014 and now republished in English with a retina-burning, bright orange jacket, Rutger Bregman’s Utopia for Realists has become an international bestseller thanks to three big ideas: open borders, a basic income and a shorter working week. At least two of these proposals have been of longstanding interest to ... Continue reading