Wonk Watch: More IEA and ASI Reshuffling

Forget Boris’s cabinet reshuffle, the changes going on among the Tufton Street Mafia make for much more interesting reading. Back in September Guido revealed the ASI’s Matt Kilcoyne had decided to depart as their deputy director. Guido now understands he’s to take up the role as director of Lord Hannan’s Initiative for Free Trade. Guido can’t think of a better pick…

That’s not the end of the ASI shake-up. Guido can reveal their head of research Matthew Lesh is defecting to the IEA to fill the role as their new head of public policy. Lesh says he’s “extremely excited to be joining the IEA” who “became a beacon of hope and inspiration to millions seeking freedom across the world” amid the post-war consensus. The IEA’s also been facing staff turnover recently following the departure of Emma Revell and Lord Kamall…

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Boris’s Latest Minister Booed at Leaving Do

Last Friday Guido popped along to the IEA for the leaving do of their head of public affairs Emma Revell, who departs SW1 to join the British Retail Consortium. A while after she recieved her warm leaving speech from Mark Littlewood, a second, surprise leaving do was given to Lord Syed Kamall, whose recent appointment to the government as a PuSS at DHSC resulted in him having to step down as the think tank’s academic and research consultant. Awkwardly for Kamall, certain government health decisions over the last decade have hardly won the IEA over to his new department. Syed faced a round of only semi-joking boos upon the mentioning of his new department…

Lord Kamall was gifted with a number of tongue-in-cheek gifts purchased from Labour conference, which had the audience laughing as books on public vs private choice, the NHS’s birthday, a ‘care for our key workers’ flag and a “LOVE NHS” rainbow heart t-shirt were pulled out of a Labour Party tote bag. It wasn’t long before the evening turned to karaoke. Guido’s senior reporter apologises to Lord Kamal for succumbing to peer pressure with a Les Mis rendition…

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LIVE with LITTLEWOOD

In tonight’s LIVE with LITTLEWOOD:

  • PAPERS PLEASE: Are vaccine passports necessary?
  • BACK TO THE FUTURE: Will normality resume on 21st June?
  • RACE REPORT: What have we learnt?
Joining host Mark Littlewood will be journalist and politician Suzanne Evans, Spiked Editor Brendan O’Neill, Centre for Policy Studies Director and Sunday Times columnist Robert Colvile, Emma Webb of the Free Speech Union, and IEA Acting Academic and Research Director Syed KamallTUNE IN AT 6PM HERE.
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Dan Hannan, Syed Kamall, Vernon Coaker and Jenny Chapman Among Christmas Peerages

This year’s Christmas peerages have been announced, including four former MEPs, four former MPs, and the former Archbishop of York. There are 16 new lords a leaping this Christmas…

Former Tory co-treasurer and donor Peter Cruddas finally makes the list, after Boris personally forced his appointment through, along with former MEPs Daniel Hannan, Syed Kamall, and Dame Jacqueline Foster.

On the Labour side, Jenny Chapman, who lost her Darlington seat in the 2019 election and went on to run Keir Starmer’s leadership campaign, is amongst the nominations, as is veteran former MP Vernon Coaker, and Board of Deputies of British Jews Chief Executive Gillian Merron.

See the list in full:

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THE LOST BOYS?

Are white working class boys being left behind?

In a cover story for The Spectator, the IEA’s Christopher Snowdon says the recent protests have forced everyone to have difficult discussions about race, class, poverty and attainment.

But one seemingly “forgotten demographic” in this debate is white working class boys.  In his article, he describes how only 13% of white boys from poor backgrounds go on to higher education, less than any black or Asian group.

It might seem divisive to compare different groups, he says.  But he points out that attainment in education and in life is relative – and if we’re to help the worst off, we have to know who they are.

He’ll discuss this, along with Ben Bradley, the Conservative MP for Mansfield, in tonight’s Definite Article programme, hosted by IEA Academic and Research Director Syed Kamall.

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

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Freight Expectations

Will trade be the key to driving the world’s post-pandemic economic recovery?

Trade secretary Liz Truss says free trade has “done more than any single policy prescription in human history to advance human progress and alleviate poverty”.

But there’s been a stark drop since the Covid outbreak began – with warnings that global trade in goods could plummet by over 30% this year.

So can there be a swift bounce back?

FREIGHT EXPECTATIONS – a new report out today from the Institute of Economic Affairs – examines the post-pandemic prospects for global trade.

It looks at the economic and political factors that could determine the strength of the recovery:

How quickly will Covid-related restrictions on exports – introduced by 80 countries around the world – be lifted?  Will a backlash against China harm world trade? And what threat does creeping protectionism pose?

Report author Syed Kamall – the IEA’s Academic and Research Director and a former member of the European Parliament’s International Trade Committee – will be questioned on 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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