LIVE at 6PM

Should the UK government be giving £50 towards bike repairs?

Do the new obesity measures amount to anything more than needless nanny statism?

And, as Madonna and Donald Trump Jr. join Grime artist Wiley on the social media naughty step, we ask:  Should they be censured or banned, or should they have the right to be wrong?

All this and more will be under debate tonight as host Mark Littlewood is joined by a stellar cast of commentators, journalists and think tankers.

Taking part will be the Spectator’s Kate Andrews, the Telegraph’s Tim Stanley and the Sun’s Olivia Utley.

They’ll be joined by Silkie Carlo, of Big Brother Watch, commentator James Price and Matt Kilcoyne of the Adam Smith Institute.  Zooming in from America will be John Tillman of the Illinois Policy Institute and, from closer to home, the IEA’s Christopher Snowdon.

Be sure to join the LIVE WITH LITTLEWOOD debate – TONIGHT at 6pm – here or on YouTube.

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LIVE at 6PM

It’s a year since Boris Johnson first entered Downing Street.

He’s won an election, steered Brexit and had a brush with death.  He’s also shut down the nation and faced criticism over aspects of the government’s handling of the pandemic.

Tonight’s Live with Littlewood puts Boris under the spotlight.

Join host Mark Littlewood as he and a stellar panel of broadcasters, journalists, commentators and think tankers discuss Boris: Hero or Zero?

They’ll also turn their attentions to the mounting tensions between East and West.  Are Russian agents acting with impunity in the UK?  And will this push us ever closer to a new cold war?

And – assuming they’re allowed – they’ll discuss cancel culture.  Is it the new freedom of expression – or a threat to free speech?

Taking part in tonight’s free-rolling programme are Times columnist Iain MartintalkRADIO’s Mike Graham, award-winning author and comedian Leo Kearse and the Spectator’s China reporter Cindy Yu.

They’ll be joined by City AM’s Rachel Cunliffe, ConservativeHome’s Mark Wallace, political journalist Benedict SpenceJohn O’Connell of the Taxpayers’ Alliance and IEA author and historian Dr. Stephen Davies.

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

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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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WILL RISHI’S PIZZA DELIVER?

Can Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s package of policy measures head off an impending economic storm?

Will they really help kick start the UK economy?  Or are they just delaying an inevitable tsunami of business closures and job losses?

Writing in The Times today, IEA Director General Mark Littlewood contends that the Chancellor’s measures amount to an exercise in triage rather than rehabilitation.

Green Homes Grants and Sunak-subsidised pizzas won’t, he argues, stem the bleeding.  Instead of trying – and likely failing – to keep workers in their present positions, we need to make it easier for new and different companies to employ them.

Keep an eye on the IEA’s YouTube Channel, where Mark will soon be discussing his article and the wider question of whether the Chancellor’s measures can deliver with our Media Manager Emily Carver.

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SUNAK: SAINT or SINNER?

Has the Chancellor hit the back of the net?  Or are his attempts to revitalise the UK economy wide of the mark?

Join our LIVE WITH LITTLEWOOD cast this evening for a free-rolling debate on Rishi Sunak’s fiscal statement…from stamp duty to self-insulation.

Joining host Mark Littlewood will be journalist and commentator Isabel Oakeshott, the Academy of Ideas’ Claire Fox and renowned economist Andrew Lilico.

They’ll be joined by the Director of Big Brother Watch Silkie CarloMatthew Lesh, Head of Research at the Adam Smith Institute, Duncan Simpson, Research Director at the TaxPayers’ Alliance, author and writer Jamie Whyte and the IEA’s Kristian Niemietz.

Along the way they’ll be discussing cancel culture, the West’s post-pandemic relationship with China and much, much more.

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

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Tim Harford: LIVE at 6

What do the brick, blockchain and the bicycle have in common?  Or the pencil and the postage stamp?  How did a Miami beach bring the barcode into life?

Find out tonight as bestselling author and broadcaster Tim Harford talks about his latest book The Next Fifty Things that Made the Modern Economy.

Tim, author of The Undercover EconomistMessy and more, is hailed as one of Britain’s finest non-fiction writers.  Bill Bryson says the new book is “endlessly insightful and full of surprises”, whilst Malcolm Gladwell says “every Tim Harford book is cause for celebration”.

Tonight Tim will join host Mark Littlewood to discuss the ingenious, the curious and unexpected ‘things’ that teach us lessons about today’s complex world economy.

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

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