Covid-19 and Public Spending

18 May

The coronavirus has seen the government commit to unprecedented levels of peacetime debt. In tonight’s Definite Article from the IEA, Director General Mark Littlewood is joined by Tom Clougherty, Head of Tax at the Centre for Policy Studies, Matthew Lesh, Head of Research at the Adam Smith Institute and IEA Economics Fellow Julian Jessop to […]

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The Threat to Free Speech

15 May

What is the current state of free speech in the UK? Author and journalist Toby Young recently launched the Free Speech Union. In this week’s edition of the IEA’s In Conversation, Toby discusses the threats to free speech across the western world with IEA Director General, Mark Littlewood. Why did Toby set up the union? […]

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LIVE AT 6: How Can the UK Economy Bounce Back?

14 May

Should we end the lockdown because its justification – to prevent NHS services from being overwhelmed – has been achieved? Or would easing off now risk forcing us back into our homes?  Whilst there’ve been some hidden benefits to lockdown – decreases in pollution, fewer deaths from car accidents – haven’t these been outweighed by the […]

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THE PATH TO PROSPERITY

13 May

Capitalism is quickly falling out of favour with the middle class across the Western world. Even pre-pandemic, the coming decades were likely to present numerous challenges – from exponentially accelerating technology to dealing with an aging population; from repressive taxation to the sustainability of education and health care costs – and more. In a live […]

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Are public health cuts to blame for the UK’s pandemic response?

11 May

Under-funding has been blamed for some of the UK’s problems in responding to the coronavirus –  particularly over the provision of PPE. But Public Health England’s budget for ‘protection from infectious diseases’ rose from £52 million in 2014/15 to £86.9 million in 2018/19. In a new briefing for the Institute of Economic Affairs, author Christopher […]

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What Payment Holidays Are Available During Coronavirus?

5 May

Many households have been feeling the pinch during the coronavirus pandemic, with millions of people currently on furlough, unemployed and business owners facing uncertainty on when they can resume their business. However, to minimise the financial shortfalls, the UK government has stepped in to offer payment holidays across a range of financial products, helping households […]

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LIVE FROM 6 PM: Will the ‘new abnormal’ become the ‘new normal’?

4 May

The laws passed in late March to deal with the Covid-19 pandemic are the greatest restrictions on liberty in modern British history. And a new report from the Institute of Economic Affairs warns that prolonged exposure to such drastic regulations could have a serious long-term impact on civil liberties, whilst some of the side-effects of […]

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COVID-19: SHOULD CHINA PAY THE PRICE?

1 May

China has been widely criticised for covering up the initial coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan – and has since adopted “mask diplomacy” – sending medical supplies and flying Chinese medical teams to foreign countries to help the fight against Covid-19. Some argue the Chinese Communist Party must be held to account – and that the international […]

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Bernie Sanders and Jeremy Corbyn have stepped back from frontline politics – both think their brands of socialism will win in the long term.

30 Apr

The former Labour leader claimed, in the aftermath of a crushing election defeat, that the Left had “won the argument”. Does he have a point? Are young socialists no longer “growing out of socialism” like their parents and grandparents? Could socialists be beaten at the ballot box but shift the overall debate? Mark Littlewood, Director […]

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COVID-19 will last up to two years – with massive long-term social, economic & psychological effects

29 Apr

Economic historian Dr Stephen Davies outlines the profound and lasting effects of the coronavirus in a new video from the Institute of Economic Affairs – GOING VIRAL: The history and economics of pandemics. Dr. Davies – Head of Education at the IEA – says history suggests the pandemic will last up to two years and […]

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WHO’s to blame?

28 Apr

The World Health Organization (WHO) has a mandate to establish global health policy, coordinate global responses to health emergencies, and combat disease. But just how well has it performed in relation to Covid-19? With a US$2 billion annual budget could it have done better? Did it make the right decisions? Should it have intervened faster […]

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Maintaining Stability in Turbulent Times [SPONSORED]

26 Mar

In this latest episode of Trust TV Mike Kerley, Fund Manager of Henderson Far East Income, discusses the impact of COVID-19 on the Trust and the Asian markets in general. Mike also discusses his plans for the Trust over the next 10 years and how he and the team incorporate ESG to their investment strategy. Find […]

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Now is the Time to Support UK Businesses – Here is How

24 Mar

YouK.co How differently the world looks from just a few days ago! As we all cope with the current realities of everyday life there is one thing that all of us can do that will help – shop local, shop UK, with YouK. Our society depends on farms, manufacturers, fishing boats, and UK businesses big […]

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