Adam Smith Institute features in City AM article on migration

The Adam Smith Institute was featured in City AM for our pro-migration stance.

Thankfully, others are more intelligent in their assess­ment of the forces at play. For a start, the Adam Smith Institute, which has long campaigned on the benefits of migra­tion to states facing demographic pressures, has proposed policies aimed at supporting just such a movement.
 Read the full article here. 

Kate Andrews discusses Jeremy Corbyn’s call for kinder politics on BBC Radio 4 World Tonight

Head of Communications at the Adam Smith Institute, Kate Andrews, was interviewed by BBC Radio 4 on whether or not kindness has a place in politics. She argues that although kindness towards others personally is important, Corbyn’s suggestion for kinder politics in general should not be allowed to compromise healthy debate, which leads to better policies.

“What we should not confuse is kindness towards other people personally, and still being able to have serious, firm, and sometimes ruthless discourse when it comes to discussing the issues.”

Listen to the full discussion here. (starts 36:45)

Have the Tories won the centre ground? | Madsen Pirie argues NO in City AM

President of the Adam Smith Institute, Dr. Madsen Pirie, wrote for City AM on why the Conservative Party have not yet managed to occupy the centre ground despite copying a number of Labour initiatives.

In his conference speech, he poached a Labour initiative, the National Infrastructure Commission, headed by ex-Labour peer Lord Adonis.

This wrong- foots Labour, taking popular and distinctive policies out of their hands. But it also passes up a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.


Read the full article here.

Sam Bowman writes for the IB Times on Osborne’s national living wage policy

Sam Bowman, Deputy Director at the Adam Smith Institute, has written an article for the International Business Times on how the Conservative Party’s flagship ‘living wage’ policy is is a magic money tree policy itself.

The chancellor’s logic is this: working tax credits “subsidise” firms by allowing them to pay their workers less. Reduce the subsidy, and raise the minimum wage, and firms will be forced to pay their workers more. The government spends less and firms spend more, and workers don’t feel the difference.

Virtually none of this is true. Tax credits do not subsidise firms, raising the minimum wage does not magic more money from firms to workers and even if it did it would hardly offset the tax credit cuts at all.

Read the full article here.

Sam Bowman discusses the devolution of business rates on BBC 5 Live

Deputy director of the Adam Smith Institute, Sam Bowman, discusses why devolution of business rates may not make that much of a difference to business owners, and argues the merits of a land value tax system instead.

If and when they do revalue business rates, theres a disincentive to anybody who is a business or is a land owner to improve the property that they’re on, and we don’t want that. What we want is them to only be paying the value of the land, and to try and get as much as possible from that land, by building as much on that property or the most profitable thing they possibly can. We’d get that with a land value tax, we don’t really get that really from business rates.

Listen to Sam’s full interview here. (Starts 27:17)