Institute of Ideas

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Background

The Institute of Ideas (IoI) is a think-tank that forms part of the pro-corporate libertarian network which is dominated by people affiliated with the defunct LM Magazine. [1]

Pro-Smoking

People affiliated with the Institute have consistently taken a pro-smoking stance:

  • In December 2011, David Bowden, from the Institute attacked a proposed smoking ban in cars, arguing that "Nothing seems more poisonous to a free society than that". [2] He told the BBC "We either give individuals the choice to make their own moral responsibility to have bad habits which the government may not approve of, or we don't at all," [3]
  • In July 2011, Patrick Hayes from the Institute spoke at a meeting in Stony Stratford against a proposed ban on smoking in public places, alongside Euro-Sceptic MEPs Roger Helmer and Nigel Farage and other libertarian / right wing activists. The protest was organised by libertarian pro-smoking blogger Dick Puddlecote. [4] [5]

Key People

Notes

  1. Institute of Ideas, About, Website, Accessed February 2012
  2. David Bowden, "Banning smoking in cars is poisonous to a free society", The Independent, 16 November 2011
  3. BBC News, Campaign is launched to stop smoking in cars, 7 December 2011
  4. Daily Motion, Stony Stratford Protest, 16 July 2011, Accessed February 2011
  5. Dick Puddlecote, Blog, Accessed July 2011