The Path to Freedom - In conversation with Nobel Prize winner Vernon Smith

July 19, 2018

Today we're joined by one of the world's most decorated economists, Professor Vernon Smith - Nobel Prize winner in economics, and a long-time friend of the Institute of Economic Affairs.

Professor Smith gives his analysis of current economic trends in the US and throughout Europe, including his take on Donald Trump's tariffs and obstacles to free trade.

If you like what you hear, be sure to watch Professor Smith's lecture at this year's THINK conference. 

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After Chequers - the alternative Brexit White Paper

July 16, 2018

After months of anticipation, Theresa May’s government has finally fleshed out in detail their view of Britain's future relationship with the EU - but what would these proposals really look like in practice?

Today we’re joined by members of the IEA’s Trade and International Competition Unit, who give their view of the Chequers proposals and examine whether they would allow Britain to maximise on the opportunities of Brexit.

Senior Counsel Victoria Hewson and Senior Policy Analyst Radomir Tylecote sat down with Editorial Manager Madeline Grant to discuss the importance of regulatory autonomy - the topic of their new paper - and why remaining too closely wedded to EU institutions would hinder our ability to negotiate future trade deals and create a more competitive environment.

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Yes, in my backyard!

July 12, 2018

Today we’re by John Myers, co-founder of London YIMBY, which stands for Yes In My Back Yard. The group campaigns for more homes in London and the rest of the UK.

Interviewed by IEA News Editor Kate Andrews, John talks through the main obstacles that stand in the way of building more homes, and how the current system makes it near impossible for quantity and quality in the housing sector to go hand-in-hand.

John explains how the severe imbalance between supply and demand for housing in the UK, means that desperation to become a homeowner takes precedent, and often the aesthetics of property go out the window.

John talks us through some solutions to the housing crisis, including allowing homeowners to have more control over planning permissions on their own street.

Finally, the pair discuss the perverse incentives in politics around the housing crisis, and what decisions could be made in Westminster to help more young people secure cheaper mortgages and cheaper rent.

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Hold the #NHS70 birthday cheers

July 5, 2018

You're listening to Live From Lord North Street, a podcast from the Institute of Economic Affairs.

Today we're joined by the IEA’s Director General Mark Littlewood and Research Director Jamie Whyte on the 70th birthday of the National Health Service. Interviewed by News Editor Kate Andrews, they discuss how - despite all the praise around the NHS the past few weeks - the system is an international laggard on many key measures including health outcomes, survival rates and waiting times.

Whilst cash injections may help in the short term, they will prove to be a waste of taxpayers’ money if structural changes are not made alongside investment. Far from celebrating the NHS this week, policymakers should be considering wholesale reform of the centralised system to improve patient care and save lives.

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Cheque-mate for Brexit?

July 4, 2018

This week, the PM and her cabinet will gather in Chequers for a crucial summit, a meeting that will form the basis for an imminent and long-awaited white paper setting out a vision for the UK’s future relationship with the EU.

But what will they decide, and what could it all mean for Brexit?

Members of the IEA’s International Trade and Competition Unit join us today, to examine the possible outcomes - as well as some of the rumours swirling around Westminster.

Senior Counsel Victoria Hewson and Senior Policy Analyst Dr Radomir Tylecote give their ‘red lines’ for any future deal and highlight the dangers of remaining too closely wedded to EU regulations and customs arrangements.

Finally, they examine some of the potential implications for democracy in Britain.

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Brexit and the Future of Global Trade

June 28, 2018

You're listening to Live From Lord North Street, a podcast from the Institute of Economic Affairs.

Today we're joined by the Advisory Board of our International Trade and Competition Unit, made up of world-renowned experts in trade policy - including Sir Lockwood Smith, John Weekes and Alan Oxley, who join us today, along with ITCU's Director Shanker Singham.

Interviewed by the IEA's Madeline Grant, they give us a global view of Britain's place in the world - and their prognosis of how our negotiations have progressed so far.

They examine best practice in a range of different areas, including negotiating tactics, and discuss what an optimal free trade arrangement with the EU would look like. They also lay out some of the potential dangers and obstacles Britain may face in reaching this outcome.

Finally, they consider how an independent Britain could advance the cause of free trade on the world stage.

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Approaches to Migration

June 21, 2018

Migration matters. It has risen to near the top of concerns expressed in opinion polls in the UK and across Europe.

For many politicians, the EU referendum result was a clear instruction from the British people that they wanted to reduce immigration levels.

But is it all as clear cut as that?

Joining us today are Daniel Pryor, Head of Programmes at the Adam Smith Institute, and Kristian Niemietz, Head of Health and Welfare at the Institute of Economic Affairs.

Interviewed by Digital Officer Madeline Grant, Daniel and Kristian examine how people in Britain really feel about migration and where the nuances lie. They discuss the economic benefits of immigration - as well as its impact on culture and social cohesion.

Finally, they lay out their migration policies, in an ideal world, and examine approaches that would be compatible with public opinion.

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The EU Withdrawal Bill: What Happens Now?

June 15, 2018

After a roller-coaster week in UK politics, the government has seen off a raft of House of Lords changes to key Brexit legislation.

But what happens next, and what further challenges remain for Theresa May’s government?

Joining us today are members of the IEA’s International Trade and Competition Unit, Senior Counsel Victoria Hewson and Senior Research Analyst, Dr Radomir Tylecote.

They take a look at what this all means for Brexit - and how the ongoing debates have revealed new fault-lines and fissures in British politics, and wider society.

Finally, they examine how politicians of all stripes should improve their expertise on international trade, in order to raise the standard of debate and properly scrutinise the government in the months and years ahead.

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A History of Fake News

June 14, 2018
“Fake news” has been sweeping the nation - or has it?
 
Today we're joined by Kate Andrews, News Editor at the IEA and Head of Education Dr Steve Davies. 
 
Steve argues that, unlike what many in the mainstream media would have you believe, “fake news” is nothing new. 
 
In fact, trawling through history, we see that “Fake news” has been around in innumerable ways, shapes and forms, for centuries - even millenia. 
 
There is no one kind of fake news, and Kate and Steve examine some of the major distinctions between them, particularly in regards to intention and trust in mainstream.
 
Finally, they examine how to spot fake news - and what we can all do to halt its dissemination and create a higher standard of debate. 
 
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The Future of Liberalism in the USA

June 7, 2018

You’re listening to Live From Lord North Street, a podcast from the Institute of Economic Affairs.

Here in the UK, we hear a great deal about the Donald Trump administration - but how do we get past the hyperbole and hysteria to figure out what’s really going on across the pond?

Today we’re joined by Dr Tom Palmer, a Senior Fellow at the Cato Institute and Vice President for International Programs at the Atlas Network.

Interviewed by the IEA’s News Editor Kate Andrews, Tom discusses the President’s modus operandi, his top priorities - and the internal workings of the White House.

They also evaluate the success of Donald Trump’s tax reforms - and whether his reluctance to find common cause with Democrats may make it more likely that these reforms could ultimately be overturned.

Finally, they examine his policies on immigration and trade - and his “America First” approach.

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