Newsnight’s Chris Cook comparing the IFS, Kings Fund and the Institute for Government accused the Institute of Economic Affairs of being in a category of think tank that was “more likely to employ and publish people with more limited expertise.”
Let’s check out that ‘limited experience’…
- Published 13 Nobel Laureates.
- Research team includes 7 PhDs and 2 Professors.
- Books and briefings that in the past year alone have been translated 23 times.
- Credited with changing the approach to monetary management to defeat inflation.
Can BBC Newsnight boast anything close to that quality?
Cook praised the young Institute for Government, which is an establishment packed, civil service friendly talking shop which may have some interesting output but has no plans to shake up the world. It is the latest political play thing for billionaire centrist Lord Sainsbury of Turville, who previously has funded such outfits as the Social Market Foundation and Progress. Guido has searched in vain for one single nobel prize winning writer on their books…