The story of English football is – in the main – a tale of two cities. Between them, Liverpool and Manchester United have won 38 league titles since the formation of the old First Division in 1892 (with neighbours Everton and Man City accounting for another 14). To put that into context, London clubs have ... Continue reading
Labour Market
Continued from Part 1. In contrast, societies where men are in short supply often tend towards permissiveness and lower levels of commitment. The First World War had a seismic impact on romantic and marital behaviour. More than 700,000 British men were killed during World War One, with as many left seriously wounded or incapacitated - ... Continue reading
On 13 November, the University College London Debating Society held a debate on the motion “This House believes Socialism is the answer”. The IEA’s Head of Political Economy, Dr Kristian Niemietz, was one of the panellists who spoke (surprise, surprise) against the motion. The article below is a rough transcript of Kristian’s opening remarks. - ... Continue reading
Canada has just taken the bold step of legalising recreational cannabis - making it the largest country in the world with a legal national marijuana marketplace. An article I wrote some time ago for City AM offers a reminder of the tremendous opportunities of cannabis legalisation, should Britain be bold enough to seize them. Earlier this year, it ... Continue reading
Lifestyle Economics
Earlier this week, Hong Kong’s government decided to impose a full ban on the sale, manufacture and import of e-cigarettes. This is just the latest instalment in a worldwide regulatory clampdown on vaping. From Thailand to Turkey, more than 20 countries currently impose outright bans on the products, while many others, like Finland and New ... Continue reading
David Henderson, a long-standing IEA supporter and member of our Academic Advisory Council, has died. He was 91. David had a distinguished 70-year career as an economist. He began work as a Fellow of Lincoln College, Oxford, and at University College London, where he was Professor of Economics. He then joined the Economic Section of ... Continue reading
Society and Culture
On 8 September 2018, several IEA staff members took part in the Big Tent Ideas Festival in Cambridge. Dr Kristian Niemietz spoke on the panel “Millennials: Maybe they are more libertarian than we think?”, held in the Economy Tent. The article below is loosely based on his remarks. I’m afraid I’ve been given a rather ... Continue reading
“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