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ASI @ Conservative Party Conference: "Let's give Nanny the Sack - Why consumer freedom could be a winner for the Conservative Party"


  • Jacob Rees-Mogg MP
  • Alex Massie
  • Mark Wallace
  • James Delingpole
  • Dr Eamonn Butler

Date: Tuesday 1 October 2013

Time: 06:00pm - 08:00pm

Location: Banqueting Room, Manchester Town Hall, M2 5DB

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The Adam Smith Institute is hosting a fringe event at Conservative Party Conference on Tuesday 1st October at 6pm nat the Manchester Town Hall.

Entitled "Let's give Nanny the Sack - Why consumer freedom could be a winner for the Conservative Party", panellists include Jacob Rees-Mogg MP, James Delingpole, ConservativeHome's Mark Wallace and The Spectator's Alex Massie. The event will be chaired by Dr Eamonn Butler of the ASI.

Manchester Town Hall is outside of the secure zone, meaning both conference attendees and non-conference pass holders are welcome

We look forward to seeing you there!

The Next Generation boat party

Date: Tuesday 9 July 2013

Time: 06:15pm - 08:30pm


Location: Westminster Pier, Victoria Embankment, London, SW1A 2JH


It’s back! The Adam Smith Institute’s Summer boat party is fast upon us. The Next Generation’s tour of the Thames will be taking place on Tuesday 9 July. This event has developed into something of a Westminster institution, filled with TNGers as well as some famous faces. There is limited capacity and a strict guest list policy so RSVP quickly to give yourself the best chance of being there.

The boat will set off from Westminster Pier at 6.30pm prompt armed with Brut and high spirits. Boarding will take place from 6.15pm.  We look forward to seeing you on board!

This event is for under 30s.

This event is now full.

The corruption of capitalism: David Stockman book launch

Date: Tuesday 4 June 2013

Time: 06:30pm - 08:00pm


Location: Convocation Hall, Church House, Dean's Yard, SW1P 3NZ

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The Adam Smith Institute is delighted to host David Stockman's book launch of 'The Great Deformation'. Mr Stockman will talk about his analysis of the present state of the US economy and political system while providing a detailed account of how the nation got into its current economic malaise. The Fed’s policy of ever-cheaper credit, he argues, has not only destroyed the free market by constantly distorting price signals, encouraging reckless debt accumulation, and rewarding financial speculation (and consequently widening income and wealth gaps), it has also thoroughly corrupted the political process. Stockman argues that the political system has become easy prey for hordes of crony capitalists. The Fed’s cheap credit policies and interest rate repression make it so chronically incapable of living within its means that it cannot resist the advances of the healthcare industry, the military-industrial complex, trade unions, and the 'too-big-to-fail’ banks. 

As well as providing a critique of the American government's economic strategy he is a myth buster par-excellence. He exposes a series of economic misnomers including the myths that the 2008 financial crisis was the result of unregulated markets, that there was such a thing as the ‘Reagan Revolution’, that the Great Depression was caused by the gold standard and was ended by Roosevelt’s Keynesian policies, and that modern financial markets represent free market capitalism. 

David Stockman draws on his experience as the director of the Office of Management and Budget under Ronald Reagan and his many years as an investment banker and private equity investor. He will deliver a 40 minute lecture to be followed by Q&A, and his book will be available for purchase on the evening.

Could deflation be salvation? The case for productivity driven deflation

Speaker: George Selgin

Date: Tuesday 28 May 2013

Time: 06:30pm - 08:00pm


Location: Adam Smith Institute, 23 Great Smith Street, London, SW1P 3BL

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At a time when monetary policy is top of the agenda, the Adam Smith Institute hosts a leading monetary economist who will outline a bold plan for reform. 

Professor George Selgin argues that deflation is not always bad, and outlines his plan to replace inflation targeting with a 'productivity norm' that would allow prices to fall when productivity increases. He distinguishes between 'good deflation' which is associated with technological progress reducing the cost of production, and 'bad deflation', which is caused by a fall in aggregate demand. 

He is an outspoken critic of central banks claiming that they have a destabilising influence on financial systems. His speech will be followed by a Q&A session, and guests will have an opportunity to talk to him over drinks afterwards. 

George Selgin is Professor of Economics at the University of Georgia and a founder of the influential and growing free banking school. He is a senior fellow of the Cato Institute. Renowned for his bold rhetoric and no-nonsense debating style, Mr Selgin will be an engaging speaker addressing a topical subject. This is not one to miss!

* This event is now being held at the Adam Smith Institute, and not in Church House as previously advertised (which is just next door).

Vernon Hill lecture: Competition in the Banking Sector

Speaker: Vernon Hill

Date: Tuesday 21 May 2013

Time: 06:30pm - 08:30pm


Location: Harvey Goodwin Suite, Church House, Dean's Yard, SW1P 3NZ

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Vernon Hill is Chairman and founder of Metro Bank UK which, when launched in 2010, was the first high-street bank to open in the United Kingdom for more than 100 years. Mr Hill advocates a business development strategy based on organic growth rather than acquisition, and by generating customer loyalty through service rather than price. He is often credited with reinventing American banking.

In his talk Mr Hill will focus on introducing more competition into the banking sector. He argues that there are two banking systems, the normal one and the ‘shadow banking system’, the latter of which is to blame for the financial crisis. Normal banks serve standard businesses and consumers while shadow banks fund the money markets and engage in high-risk activities like credit default swaps.

The talk will be preceded by a drinks reception and followed by a Q&A session, and there will be opportunity to speak to Mr Hill in person afterwards.


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