Thursday, 4 May 2017

Brexit: and free markets and New Zealand

Free market think tanks have generally been enthusiasts for Brexit:

The Mont Perlin Society advocates freedom of expression, free market economic policies, the political values of an open society
Mont Pelerin Society - Wikipedia
MPS | The Mont Pelerin Society

Policy Exchange is a British centre-right think tank created in 2002 and based in London. The Daily Telegraph has described it as "the largest, but also the most influential think tank on the right".
Policy Exchange - Wikipedia
Policy Exchange | Shaping the Policy Agenda

Several of these think tanks have been criticised for their lack of 'transparency' over any perceived 'influence':
‘Opaque’ and ‘Deceptive’ Think Tanks Spend Millions Pushing Brexit and Climate Science Misinformation – Report | DeSmog UK
Why Brexit and Trump? The System is Rigged | Better Nature: books and commentary by Geoff Davies

New Zealand is the poster-boy for Brexit free-marketeers:
Futures Forum: Brexit: and learning lessons from New Zealand

And the Adam Smith Institute is hosting another session next week:

What can an independent Britain learn from New Zealand?

Once Britain exits the European Union the Government will take back control of a whole range of policy areas from fishing and agriculture to the ability to strike up new trade deals – but what should we do with those new found powers?

Perhaps New Zealand shows the way. They're regularly found at the top of rankings of economic freedom, with an agriculture sector that's thrived under minimal government involvement and a strong reputation for being open to international trade.

We thought we'd bring two of the sharpest New Zealanders we know to the ASI to try and figure out what Britain should do next.

Roger Partridge and Dr Oliver Hartwich both work for the New Zealand Initiative, which is New Zealand's leading think tank.

Roger Partridge serves as Chairman and previously led law firm Bell Gully from 2007 and 2014. He is a member of the Mont Pelerin Society.

Dr Oliver Hartwich serves as Executive Director. Before joining the New Zealand Initiative, he was Chief Economist at Policy Exchange and an advisor in the House of Lords.

As usual, doors open at 6pm (and not a minute sooner). The talk will begin at 6.30pm and last for around 30 minutes followed by a Q and A. Complimentary Red and White Wine will be served.

What can an independent Britain learn from New Zealand? — Adam Smith Institute

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