Government Debt Interest Payments Jump

Economist Julian Jessop says:

“Interest payments on central government debt jumped to £8.7 billion in June, largely due to the impact of rising inflation on the cost of index-linked gilts. The pick-up in inflation partly reflects the strength of the economic recovery and this could still be positive for the public finances overall. Nevertheless, rising interest rates are one of the downsides of higher inflation – and another reason for the Bank of England to end its policy of quantitative easing.”

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LIVE with LITTLEWOOD

In tonight’s LIVE with LITTLEWOOD:

  • LOCKDOWN-LITE: Call this freedom?
  • ROAD TO RECOVERY: Has the Brexit bounce-back begun?
  • CLIMATE CHANGE: Are the wealthy to blame?

Joining host Mark Littlewood will be Conservative MP Mark Harper, Telegraph journalist Tim Stanley, TalkRADIO presenter Kevin O’Sullivan, trade expert Allie Renison and independent economist Julian Jessop. TUNE IN HERE.

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BORIS PUT TO THE TEST

Is the government’s Covid testing strategy sinking without trace?

With unemployment rising two a two-year high and thousands of post-furlough redundancies expected, what’s next for the UK economy?

Rishi Sunak says he wants to “get creative” to support jobs and employment.  But how will he do that?

And are the testing fiasco and the rebellion over the Internal Market Bill jeopardising Boris Johnson’s premiership?

All this and more will be put to the (readily-available) test in tonight’s Live with Littlewood from the IEA.

Joining host Mark Littlewood will be the Times’ science editor Tom Whipple, ConservativeHome’s Mark Wallace, and former Brexit Party MEP Alexandra Phillips.

Also taking part in our 90 minutes of free-rolling conversation will be the new Director of the Politeia think tank Jonathan Isaby, independent economist Julian Jessop, Matthew Lesh of the Adam Smith Institute, Duncan Simpson of the Taxpayers’ Alliance plus the IEA’s Annabel Denham and Christopher Snowdon.

Be sure to join in the debate – LIVE at 6 – here or on YouTube.

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THE NEW ECONOMIC WAR

Should tax rates be hiked to pay for the monumental spending on the pandemic?  

Or would an increased tax burden choke an already beleaguered private sector – and stifle any meaningful economic recovery?

In the latest Definite Article from the IEA, Director General Mark Littlewood maps out the new divide between fiscal hawks and tax doves.

Whilst Treasury hawks look to tax rises to mitigate the colossal cost of coping with coronavirus, the doves argue for a go-for-growth strategy from Chancellor Rishi Sunak.

Are the hawks being too short-sighted? Have the doves underestimated the scale of the fiscal challenge ahead?  And if the short term financial picture is dire, is the longer-term picture even more calamitous?

So who will win this new economic war?  Hawks or doves?

JOIN THE DEBATE – as Mark and IEA Economics Fellow Julian Jessop are interviewed by Media Manager Emily Carver – LIVE at 6pm

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BACK to the FUTURE?

The economy’s down nearly 25% since February. In May, economic growth didn’t get anywhere near expectations.  In March and April, the UK economy shrank back to where it was in 2002.

Is there any way out of this economic tailspin?   Can cheap pizza and well-insulated lofts really get us out of trouble?

In tonight’s LIVE WITH LITTLEWOOD host Mark Littlewood and his guests set the dials for 2020 and beyond.

Joining him will be Toby Young, general secretary of the Free Speech Union, former MP Douglas Carswell, the Telegraph’s Madeline Grant and Dia Chakravarty and the Times’ Science Editor Tom Whipple.

Also taking part will be independent economist Julian Jessop, Sam Bowman of the International Center for Law & Economics and the IEA’s Victoria Hewson.

Together, they’ll try to get us back to the future. Along the way, they’ll ask ‘Who regulates -the regulators?” and discuss whether wearing masks will suffocate economic growth.

Join in the debate – LIVE at 6pm – here or on YouTube

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 CLASS ACT?

Can normality return without schools fully reopening?  Eight million families across the UK have school-age children.  But as long as schools are closed, many parents face difficulties in getting back to work.

There are concerns about the widening attainment gap and the psychological effects of keeping children isolated from teachers and friends.  And what’s the economic price of young people missing out on education that could increase their future productivity?

So, should the school gates re-open?  The IEA’s Academic and Research Director Syed Kamall, together with economist Julian Jessop and IEA Editorial and Research Fellow Len Shackleton, will explore all this and more in the DEFINITE ARTICLE – LIVE at 6pm.

JOIN IN THE DEBATE – LIVE at 6.00 pm – HERE or on YouTube.

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