Theresa May Should Have Published Brexit Deal Under A Pseudonym

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15 November 2018
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This is why the IPA will continue to make the case for lower taxes expenditure cuts – Australians have been worse off every year since 2010:

That’s from the upcoming edition of the IPA Review. To subscribe to the IPA Reviewbecome an IPA member today.

Theresa May’s new Brexit deal was released last night and – I hope you’re sitting down for this – it’s a dud. Nigel Farage called it “the worst deal in history” and Jacob Rees-Mogg said it will “see the UK hand over £39 billion to the EU  for little or nothing in return”. Dan Hannan said Britain was “signing up to something worse than any other neighbouring country has ever contemplated.” You can listen to Dan explain his vision for Brexit on The Young IPA Podcast two weeks ago.

Last week in Hey we told you how celebrities were the big loser from the midterm elections. But maybe the biggest loser was celebrity climate change policies. Former IPA guest Robert Bryce summed up the defeats that carbon taxes and similar policies had in Colorado, Arizona, Florida and Washington in National Review last week.

Maybe the majority in the state of Washington who voted against the introduction of a carbon tax are familiar with the work of IPA Research Fellows Dr Jennifer Marohasy and Dr John Abbot. In this article Jennifer and John follow up on theirGeoResJ paper (which went viral last year) on how the warming trend is largely explained by natural cycles, explaining to the journal editor that attacks from angry alarmists are unfounded.

Doesn’t this say everything about the state of academic freedom. An international group of university researchers will launch The Journal of Controversial Ideas next year – except all contributions will be published under pseudonyms to protect the careers of the authors. As Frank Furedi writes in Spiked, “pseudonyms normalise the idea that academics should be frightened to express unpopular views.”

Thank you Congressman-elect Dan Crenshaw for not fuelling outrage culture. After Saturday Night Live cast member Pete Davidson made a poor joke about Crenshaw losing an eye while serving in Afghanistan, Crenshaw responded with what David French in the National Review called “the act of grace heard ’round the nation”. I would also call it an extremely funny segment.

There are still tickets to the IPA’s 75th Anniversary Gala Dinner in Melbourne on 29 November, with speeches from Andrew Bolt, Janet Albrechtsen and Brendan O’Neill. Book tickets here.

Our friends at the Menzies Research Centre are holding the seventh annual John Howard Lecture on 19 November. The lecture will be delivered by former Prime Minister of Canada Stephen Harper on the subject ‘the conservative challenge in a populist age.’ Register here.

Featuring Tom Switzer, CIS and Simon Breheny, IPA

“The Democrats are in real trouble here. There’s no national leader, hey’re really divided on a wide range of issues between the establishment, third wave type Democrats, and the more left-wing socialist types. And it’s not altogether clear what their agenda is now beyond bagging Trump in the lead up to the 2020 election.”

– Tom Switzer, Centre for Independent Studies

Article of the week:

The appointment of Sir Roger Scruton to a government commission looking into the beauty of architecture has come under fire from the outrage mob. The great Douglas Murray in The Spectator slams Scruton’s detractors, saying if they won “it would be the strongest demonstration possible that as a country we have got to a stage you might summarize as ‘the survival of the thickest’.”

IPA Staff Pick:

Each week an IPA staff member shares what they have enjoyed recently. Today: Morgan Begg

Stan Lee’s contribution to modern pop culture is without comparison. Lee was the co-creator of many great aspirational-heroic characters, and as the face of Marvel Comics, hustled for decades to make them Western cultural icons. In return, terrible people abused and manipulated him in his final years, stole his blood to sign books , and let the industry he built bedestroyed by social justice weirdos whose only qualification for writing is gender studies essays and woke tweeting.

Here’s what else the IPA said this week:

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