The ASI at the Conservative Party Conference Fringe
Oct
3
Oct 4

The ASI at the Conservative Party Conference Fringe

  • IET Austin Court

If you're planning on making the journey to Britain's second city (sorry, Manchester) for this year's Conservative Party Conference, you might like to come along to one, two or five of the Adam Smith Institute's Conference Fringe events. We've got five excellent panel discussions lined up, covering everything from taxes and planning to marijuana and hangover-free alcohol. We're even offering a free lunch. 

All of our events will take place just three minutes outside the Secure Zone in the Boulton-Faraday Room at the IET Austin Court Hotel (where I'm informed Theresa May launched her leadership bid). 

Here's what we've got lined up:

Monday 3rd October

Rebooting Britain: Why Britain needs simpler, flatter taxes
Time
: 1:00pm - 2:00pm

Speakers, including Steve Baker of the Treasury Select Committe and Angela Knight, Director of the Office of Tax Simplification, will discuss the case for radical tax reform that cuts the worst, most anti-growth taxes and simplifies the tax system to encourage innovation and let Britain boom after Brexit. Which is worst – corporation tax, stamp duty, inheritance tax? Come along and have your say.

Speakers
Steve Baker MP, Treasury Select Committee
Angela Knight, Office of Tax Simplification
Ben Southwood, Adam Smith Institute
Alex Wild, Taxpayers' Alliance (Chair)


Planning Reform: Is green the new brown?
Time
: 3:00pm - 4:00pm

Everyone agrees that we need to build more houses. But what kind, and where? This panel assembles one of Parliament's leading thinkers on housing and planning, John Howell MP, whose book was an inspiration for the National Planning Policy Framework, along with former advisor to George Osborne Nicholas Boys-Smith whose group, Create Streets, campaigns for beautiful neighbourhoods that people actually want to live in – not modernist monstrosities that only an architect could love. Other panelists include LSE's Prof Paul Cheshire, a firebrand critic of the green belt who believes that we need to totally rethink our approach to planning in a free market way to build the houses we need.

Speakers
John Howell MP, Author of “Open Source Planning”
Nicholas Boys Smith, Create Streets
Prof. Paul Cheshire, London School of Economics
Rory Meakin, Taxpayers' Alliance
Jonn Elledge, CityMetric (Chair)


Legalising Cannabis: Lessons from Abroad
In partnership with VolteFace
Time: 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Cannabis isn't just for the Dutch anymore – a tide of legalisation is rising across the developed world. Following in the footsteps of US states like Colorado and Washington, Canada looks set to become the first major Western nation to fully legalise and regulate cannabis. But can this be done without encouraging problem use, and if we are going to regulate cannabis, how should we do it? A range of speakers from across the Conservative Party, including Crispin Blunt MP and former Cameron speechwriter Ian Birrell, will discuss where we should draw the line. This event is co-hosted with VolteFace Magazine.

Speakers
Crispin Blunt MP, Foreign Affairs Select Committee
Ian Birrell, Mail on Sunday
Steve Moore, VolteFace
Sam Bowman, Adam Smith Institute
Francesca Washtell, City AM (Chair)


Tuesday 4th October

The Border After Brexit: Securing Britain's borders
Free Lunch Provided
Time: 1:00pm - 2:00pm

We're joined by senior MPs to discuss one of the most pressing issues in post-Brexit politics: how do we control our borders. Following the ASI's widely-covered report, The Border After Brexit, the panel will include Ed West, best known for his book "The Diversity Illusion" and his writing for the Spectator and Evening Standard, and leading Members of Parliament on this issue, Ranil Jayawardena MP and Charlie Elphicke MP, to discuss how to make the border secure and efficient – and how to implement the post-Brexit immigration policies we decide on. We'll be serving a free, hot buffet lunch, so get there early to make sure you get a seat (and a plate).

Speakers
Ranil Jayawardena MP, Home Affairs Select Committee
Charlie Elphicke, MP for Dover
Ed West, The Spectator
Sam Bowman, Adam Smith Institute
Dr Eamonn Butler, Adam Smith Institute (Chair)


Innovate not Regulate: How the nanny state harms public health
Time
: 3:00pm - 4:00pm

The nanny state beats drinkers and smokers over the head for their own good – or so it claims. Following on from a new ASI report, we discuss the technological alternatives to regulation, with a pioneer of "hangover-free alcohol" Prof David Nutt and scourge of nanny statists Christopher Snowdon. E-cigs are just the start – we won't be happy until there's a safe, cheap and enjoyable alternative to every 'vice' under the sun. If you're sick of being told what to put in your body by the state, this is the panel for you.

Speakers
Lord Callanan, Former Leader of the Conservative Party in the European Parliament
Christopher Snowdon, Institute of Economic Affairs
Prof. David Nutt, Independent Scientific Committee on Drugs
Dr Madsen Pirie, Adam Smith Institute (Chair)


All events are open to the public (you don't need a Conference Pass to come along), so if you're in Birmingham and fancy coming along but aren't at the Conference, please be our guest. There's no need to RSVP, just come along on the day.

TNG with Norman Lamb MP
Oct
11
6:00 pm18:00

TNG with Norman Lamb MP

October's speaker will be Norman Lamb MP, who'll be speaking on "The case for creating a legal, regulated market for cannabis in the UK". 

Norman has been the MP for North Norfolk since 2001 and is the Liberal Democrats' health spokesman. Earlier this year, he proposed a cross-party bill that would have legalised cannabis on the grounds of public health.

In 2015 Norman launched a campaign to become leader of the Liberal Democrats party, eventually losing to Tim Farron despite gaining the endorsement of Dappy from N Dubz.

As usual TNG events are for under 30s only.

There will be free wine.

Please don't arrive before 6pm as we won't let you in.

RSVP on Facebook.

Liberty Lecture with Prof. Hillel Steiner
Oct
18
6:00 pm18:00

Liberty Lecture with Prof. Hillel Steiner

Prof. Hillel Steiner will give a lecture on the subject of "Free Markets and Exploitation".

This event is one of the Adam Smith Institute's Liberty Lectures: a series of talks aimed at students and young professionals from leading economists, politicians and philosophers, engaging with classically liberal and libertarian thought in a more in-depth and formal environment than the TNG. 

RSVP on Facebook.
 

Ayn Rand Lecture with Julie Meyer
Oct
25
6:00 pm18:00

Ayn Rand Lecture with Julie Meyer

On Tuesday 25th October, we will be honouring Ayn Rand and her ideas with a special guest lecture room at the Royal Institution in Mayfair.

Julie Meyer MBE, Chairman and Chief Executive of Ariadne Capital will be giving our annual Ayn Rand Lecture on "Why Society Works Best When It’s Organised Around the Entrepreneur".

This event is strictly invite only.

Lecture with Robert Lawson
Oct
27
6:00 pm18:00

Lecture with Robert Lawson

Robert Lawson speaks to us about the "Economic Freedom of the World Index".

Robert Lawson holds the Jerome M. Fullinwider Endowed Centennial Chair in Economic Freedom and is director of the O’Neil Center for Global Markets and Freedom at the Southern Methodist University (SMU) Cox School of Business. 

Lawson is a co-author of the widely-cited Economic Freedom of the World annual reports, which present an economic freedom index for over 150 countries.  Lawson has numerous professional publications in journals including Public Choice, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, Cato Journal, Kyklos, Journal of Labor Research, Journal of Institutional and Theoretical Economics, and European Journal of Political Economy. Lawson is past-president of the Association of Private Enterprise Education, a Senior Fellow at the Fraser Institute, and a member of the Mont Pelerin Society.

His research has been cited over 6000 times, according to Google Scholar.

Lecture with Michael Story
Nov
9
6:00 pm18:00

Lecture with Michael Story

Superforecaster and ASI author Michael Story will lecture on his report "Free Market Welfare: The Case for a Negative Income Tax".

Our Practical Liberalism series showcases radical, evidence-based liberal ideas from leading philosophers, economists and politicians.

We have not opened RSVPs for this event yet, but please Save the Date.

Book Launch: Legislating Instability by Tyler Beck Goodspeed
Nov
14
6:00 pm18:00

Book Launch: Legislating Instability by Tyler Beck Goodspeed

Tyler Beck Goodspeed will be launching his book Legislating Instability – Adam Smith, Free Banking, and the Financial Crisis of 1772 at the Adam Smith Institute.

Introducing Tyler's book will be Conservative politician and friend of the ASI Steve Baker MP.

About Legislating Instability:

From 1716 to 1845, Scotland’s banks were among the most dynamic and resilient in Europe, effectively absorbing a series of adverse economic shocks that rocked financial markets in London and on the continent. Legislating Instability explains the seeming paradox that the Scottish banking system achieved this success without the government controls usually considered necessary for economic stability.

About the Author:

Dr. Goodspeed is a Junior Fellow in the Department of Economics at the University of Oxford. Prior to earning his Ph.D. from Harvard University in May 2014, he received his A.B. from Harvard College, summa cum laude, in 2008, and from 2008-2009 was a Gates Scholar at the University of Cambridge.

His first book, Rethinking the Keynesian Revolution, analyzes the debates between John Maynard Keynes and Friedrich Hayek, and considers the relevance of those debates to contemporary macroeconomic theory. Tyler's current research focuses on eighteenth- and nineteenth-century British and North American economic history, with particular attention to informal banking and the political economy of financial regulation, as well as long-run economic development.

About Steve Baker MP:

Steve Baker is MP for Wycombe. He co-chairs Conservatives for Britain, as well as serving on the Treasury Select Committee and the Executive of the Conservative 1922 Committee.

 

 

 

Lecture with Prof. John Harris
Dec
5
6:00 pm18:00

Lecture with Prof. John Harris

As part of the Adam Smith Institute's Practical Liberalism lecture series Prof. John Harris will be speaking to us on "Why Gene-editing must not be stopped".

John Harris is the Lord Alliance Professor of Bioethics and Director of the Institute for Science,  Ethics and Innovation at the University of Manchester.

From March 30th 2004 to July 2011 John Harris was the joint Editor-in-Chief of The Journal of Medical Ethics, the leading journal in medical and applied ethics. John Harris was elected a Fellow of the United Kingdom Academy of Medical Sciences (FMedSci) in 2001, the first philosopher to have been elected to Fellowship of this new National Academy.

He frequently appears on radio and television both in the United Kingdom and overseas to discuss Biomedical Ethics, Medical Jurisprudence and related issues.  He has acted as Ethical Consultant to national and international bodies and corporations including the European Parliament, The World Health Organisation, The European Commission, The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), The United Kingdom Department of Health, The Health Council of the Netherlands, The Research Council of Norway, The Welsh Office Of The United Kingdom, The British Fluoridation Society, Granada Television, Virgin Health Bank, Smithkline Beecham and GlaxoSmithkline.


Liberty and Technology: Geoffrey Manne in conversation with Dominique Lazanski
Sep
13
6:45 pm18:45

Liberty and Technology: Geoffrey Manne in conversation with Dominique Lazanski

Technological change can be liberating — yet also worrying. The inventions that improve our lives can also extend government’s power over us, both directly and by efforts to “protect” us from the perceived dangers new technology inevitably brings. What should classical liberals think? Can they find common ground across the political spectrum on such issues?

Join us for a wide-ranging discussion with leading American tech policy expert Geoffrey Manne, former law professor and Executive Director of the International Center for Law & Economics, and Dominique Lazanski, a long-time tech policy expert in the UK and veteran of the TaxPayers' Alliance. She will lead a discussion of both the big picture struggle among bottom-up dynamists, top-down technocrats, and pure reactionaries, as well as the most contentious battles currently raging on both sides of (and across) the Atlantic, including those surrounding net neutrality, the sharing economy, digital platforms, government surveillance, privacy, data security, drones and so on.

Please RSVP by emailing samd@adamsmith.org

TNG with Douglas Carswell MP
Sep
6
6:00 pm18:00

TNG with Douglas Carswell MP

After a long TNG free summer, we're finally back.

Douglas Carswell will be speaking to us on "The corruption of capitalism - and how to fix it".

Douglas is UKIP's only elected Member of Parliament. He campaigned on behalf of Vote Leave during the EU Referendum and is the author of multiple books including "The Plan: Twelve Months to Save Britain".

There will be free wine (and free ASI branded Oyster Cardholders) as usual.

Please don't arrive before 6pm as we won't let you in.

RSVP on Facebook

Rebooting Britain with Dr Madsen Pirie
Jul
20
6:00 pm18:00

Rebooting Britain with Dr Madsen Pirie

Dr Madsen Pirie will be launching his new paper Rebooting Britain on Wednesday July 20th – and you’re invited.

As Britain leaves the European Union, Rebooting Britain sets out the radical free market reforms that will allow Britain to prosper and succeed at this time of national renewal. From housing to banking, taxes to drugs, Madsen Pirie outlines radical solutions to the problems facing Britain. Some of them may seem shocking (abolishing the Bank of England), but as Madsen once said “We propose things which people regard as being on the edge of lunacy. The next thing you know, they're on the edge of policy."

Dr Madsen Pirie is President of the Adam Smith Institute, and was one of three Scots graduates working in the US who founded the Institute in 1977. Madsen has authored several books including The Book of the Fallacy, Micropolitics, Privatization, How to Win Every Argument, 101 Great Philosophers, Blueprint for a Revolution, and Freedom 101.

It is also the 20th anniversary of the launch of the ASI website, and Dr Eamonn Butler will say a few words about that - we were the first UK think tank to go online, and have kept ahead of the curve ever since.

Madsen will speak for five minutes and there will be complimentary red and white wine available.

RSVP via events@adamsmith.org to attend.

TNG with Tim Stanley
Jun
7
6:00 pm18:00

TNG with Tim Stanley

This month, historian and journalist Tim Stanley will be talking to us about Trump: Who is he, what does he really believe and will he change the American Right for good?

Doors open at 6:00pm for a 7:00pm start. 

If you are interested, please RSVP via events@adamsmith.org

 

Lecture with Yaron Brook
May
26
6:30 pm18:30

Lecture with Yaron Brook

Yaron Brook will be talking to us about his new book "Equal Is Unfair". 

We've all heard that the American Dream is vanishing, and that the cause is rising income inequality. The rich are getting richer by rigging the system in their favour, leaving the rest of us to struggle just to keep our heads above water. To save the American Dream, we're told that we need to fight inequality through tax hikes, wealth redistribution schemes, and a far higher minimum wage.