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ACT Party leader wins prestigious writing award

ACT Party leader wins prestigious writing award

The ACT Party congratulates its leader, Jamie Whyte, on winning the prestigious Institute of Economic Affairs’ Seldon Award this week.

The Seldon Award for Excellence, named after the first Editorial Director Arthur Seldon, is given to the author who has produced the best piece of writing for the IEA over the past two years.

Dr Whyte’s winning publication, entitled Quack Policy – Abusing Science in the Cause of Paternalism, examines the problems that arise when politicians pursue ‘evidence-based’ policies that are, almost always, based on poor science and against the wishes of the public.

“ACT is very pleased for Jamie,” says ACT President John Thompson. “Jamie is a fantastic writer who articulates ACT’s values better than anyone; indeed, he was doing so long before becoming an ACT member.”

“No other New Zealand political party can boast a leader whose thoughts are published regularly in the Wall Street Journal, The Financial Times and The Times. This award is a fantastic achievement, we’re proud it was won by a Kiwi – and we’re even more proud it was won by Jamie,” says Mr Thompson.

Quack Policy – Abusing Science in the Cause of Paternalism can be downloaded free of charge from the IEA website.

About the IEA

The Institute of Economic Affairs is the UK’s original free market think tank, founded in 1955. Its mission is to improve understanding of the fundamental institutions of a free society by analysing and expounding the role of markets in solving economic and social problems. The Institute is entirely independent of any political party or group, and is entirely funded by voluntary donations from individuals, companies and foundations who want to support its work. For more information, go to www.iea.org.uk.

ENDS

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