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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Are Too Many People Going to University?

May 31, 2018

The herd mentality that assumes university is the only path to reaching one’s full potential has come under fire in recent years.

Student loan debt - and the interest on that debt - is rising, and yet a university degree certainly seems to be no guarantee of securing decent, highly-skilled jobs.

Today we're joined by Professor Len Shackleton, Editorial Fellow at the IEA.

Interviewed by Digital Officer Madeline Grant, the pair discuss whether Britain’s love affair with higher education is sustainable, and whether students are getting a raw deal from their time at university.

They also examine ways in which the university funding model could be reformed to create better outcomes for students and the wider economy.

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Should We Worry About Generational Inequality?

May 24, 2018

This week, we’re joined by the IEA’s Head of Education Dr Steve Davies, and News Editor Kate Andrews, to discuss generational inequality - one of the most pressing issues in politics today.

Young adults in Britain are finding it harder and harder to get onto the property ladder. This, coupled with numerous other concerns, including rising university fees and cost of living, has left many with a strong sense of grievance about the spread of intergenerational wealth.

On our podcast this week, Kate and Steve examine just how serious this divide is. They discuss some of the radical policy changes which must take place to redress the balance - and why mainstream politicians have been avoiding them.

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Robocalypse Now?

May 17, 2018

The advance of AI and robotics brings many challenges as well as huge opportunities - and public concern about changes in the labour market has been mounting in recent years.

But is our pessimism justified? Could we be viewing the AI debate in the wrong way?

Today we're joined by Len Shackleton, the IEA’s Editorial Fellow and author of a recent report into robotics and the future of work.

Interviewed by Digital Officer Madeline Grant, Len examines whether we might be overstating our predictions of widespread job loss. They also evaluate some of the policies currently being proposed by politicians in response to these emerging technologies.

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What’s Next for the Special Relationship?

May 10, 2018

The past 18 months have been a political whirlwind in both the UK and USA. 

Britain’s departure from the European Union presents the opportunity for a free trade deal to be forged between the two countries. But will the opportunities be seized upon in a timely manner, or at all?

Today the IEA’s Director General Mark Littlewood speaks to Michael Carnuccio, President and CEO of the E Foundation for Oklahoma, a think tank aiming to grow Oklahoma State’s prosperity in the long term.

Mark and Michael discuss the prospects of a free trade deal between Oklahoma state and the United Kingdom directly, focusing on what such an arrangement would look like, and what it could mean for the development of other agreements between the States and the UK post-Brexit.

Michael also gives an update on politics overseas, his assessment of President Donald Trump’s first year in office, and his predictions for the November midterm elections.

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