I was a eurosceptic before it was cool

July 16, 2015

From Peter Gregory

No, the Greek agreement is not a coup and if you think it is, you’re an idiot. That was the brilliant headline from this op-ed from James Kirkup in the British Telegraph on Monday. (The opening sentence of the piece isn’t bad either).

Brendan O’Neill in The Spectator is underwhelmed by the sudden popularity of euroscepticism. This article from Ambrose Evans-Pritchard in The Telegraph yesterday is nearly as good as the one we told you about in Hey last week.

On Tuesday, IPA┬áResearch Fellow Patrick Hannaford and Deputy Executive Director James Paterson released important new research on how union control of the ALP is a handbrake for policy reform. Read their piece in today’s Daily Telegraph. Here are three things you need to know from the report:

Here in Australia, the debate about the public broadcaster has gone as far as the government boycotting a late night talk show. In the UK, the Cameron government is trying to shut down the BBC. Daniel Craig, J.K. Rowling and Sir David Attenborough have taken time off from achieving world peace to write to the PM to save programs like The Voice, Strictly Come Dancing and The Great British Bake Off.

This will not help the BBC’s cause. Read in Tuesday’s Spectator about the documentary the BBC doesn’t want you to see.

Researchers at the University of Northumbria are predicting a mini-ice age in the 2030s. Not to worry though – this academic journal is calling for submissions for a special issue on ‘Post-Anthropocentric Creativity‘. The first paragraph is amazing.

On Tuesday, John Howard delivered the 2015 Keith Joseph Memorial Lecture to the Centre for Policy Studies in London. You can watch the 1 hr 9 min video here. Skip to 22:03 to hear about the need to reassert cultural self-belief in the West and 39:23 to hear Howard’s views on the EU.

On Wednesday 22 July the IPA is delighted to be hosting Social Services Minister Scott Morrison for a morning tea in Melbourne. For more details and to book, click here. The IPA is also delighted to be holding the Melbourne launch of Greg Sheridan’s new book, with special guest Michael Kroger, on Monday 3 August – book here.

And in Melbourne on Friday 31 July, the Australian Taxpayers’ Alliance is holding Friedman Legacy Day 2015 featuring the IPA’s Chris Berg and Professor Sinclair Davidson. Details and booking here.

Here’s what else the IPA said this week:

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