Is dissent on the ascent?

August 2, 2018

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

 

Back in June, Press Secretary Sarah Sanders was kicked out of the Red Hen restaurant in Virginia, because the owner didn’t like her association with President Donald Trump’s administration.

 

Is this an act of discrimination, perfectly within one’s right, or both?

 

Today we're joined by Dr Steve Davies, Head of Education at the IEA, to discuss the concept of civility in public life.

 

Interviewed by IEA News Editor Kate Andrews, Steve argues that any private establishment has the right to refuse service, but that doing so does not come without consequence.

 

The pair discuss famous instances of discrimination, perpetuated by both the private sector and the state, and try to identify what the lines are between civil dissent and dangerously overstepping the mark.

 

If you like what you hear, subscribe to our iTunes channel, IEA Conversations. 

00:0000:00

Low Energy - What a society run on green energy would look like today

July 26, 2018

Almost everyone is in favor of advancements in green energy. But we’re still a long way off from cleaner sources being able to take over from more traditional forms of energy, like fossil fuels.

If we were to to make the switch now, it would inevitably mean moving from a high-energy society to a low-energy society. But what would this mean in practice?

Today we're speaking with the IEA’s Head of Education, Dr Steve Davies. Steve paints a picture of radical changes that would have to be made in order to adapt to a low-energy society.

Two major changes include a return to agriculture focus in local areas, with over 30 per cent of the population needing to return to the farms to make sure communities could be fed. Furthermore, it would almost certainly mean the return of traditional gender roles, as it was the many advancements in energy in particular, that enabled women to liberate themselves out of the home and into the workforce.

And while many people who advocate for a low-energy society seem to think that the things they like will continue, while the things they loathe will be scrapped, Steve argues that many conveniences, and indeed miracles, of modern society - like international plane travel and use of the internet - would be wiped out almost completely, with only the world’s elite having access to such luxuries.

Those who want a greener planet should be the biggest advocates of technological advancement, Steve argues, as too early a shift to green energy completely could actually pull us back into the past.

If you like what you hear, subscribe to our iTunes channel: IEA Conversations 

00:0000:00

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. 

SUBSCRIBE to our YouTube channel

FOLLOW US on Twitter

LIKE US on Facebook 

IEA WEBSITE

00:0000:00

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.

If you like what you hear, be sure to subscribe to our iTunes channel, IEA Conversations.

00:0000:00

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.

If you like what you hear, subscribe to our iTunes channel, IEA Conversations.

00:0000:00

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.

If you like what you hear, be sure to subscribe to our iTunes Channel, IEA Conversations.

00:0000:00

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.

If you like what you hear, be sure to subscribe to our iTunes channel, IEA Conversations.

00:0000:00

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.

If you like what you hear, be sure to subscribe to our iTunes Channel, IEA Conversations.

00:0000:00

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.

If you like what you hear, be sure to subscribe to our iTunes Channel, IEA Conversations. 

00:0000:00

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.

If you like what you hear, make sure to subscribe to our iTunes channel, IEA Conversations!

00:0000:00