IEA welcomes end of state-funded lobbying

Our series of Sock Puppet papers – Sock Puppets, Euro Puppets, and The Sock Doctrine, all by IEA Head of Lifestyle Economic Christopher Snowdon – have argued strenuously for the ending of government funding of charities who then use the money to lobby the government. We are delighted that the government has announced today that charities will no longer be able to use public funds to lobby ministers. We have responded here, whilst our influence on the decision features in the Daily Telegraph and BBC News.

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By Jonathan Portes, 8th Feb 2016 ( comments)

The government’s general approach in the area of immigration assumes that bureaucrats in Whitehall can, with the help of “expert economic advice”, determine what skilled workers the country needs, in what sectors, now and in the future. It purports to suggest that they know who companies should be able to employ to fill skilled jobs. I have nothing against either Whitehall bureaucrats or economists. But we do not let them decide how many cars the UK should produce and what colours they should be. Any attempt to do so would rightly be ridiculed as a throwback to the worst excesses of central planning. Why would we try to do the same for people?

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