Today we relaunch 1828 – the essential voice for freedom


April 26, 2021

Following a brief hiatus, 1828 is back. Founded three years ago by Matt Gillow and Jack Powell, the website has since become an essential voice for economic and social liberalism. Now, with a new editorial team and the support of IEA Forum, it will reinvigorate the debate and make the positive case for free markets, free speech and free people.

After a year of restrictions on our civil liberties and vast government spending, it is more vital than ever that we champion freedom, free markets and limited government. 1828 will spark debate by providing a non-partisan platform for individuals – especially younger voices – to share their opinion on a wide-range of policy areas, including economics, politics and international relations.

Board of Advisers
Crispin Blunt MP, Andrew Boff AM, Ryan Bourne, Sam Bowman, Eamonn Butler, Douglas Carswell, Nusrat Ghani MP,  Dan Hannan, Julian Knight MP,  Bruno Prior, Lee Rowley MP, Ian Silvera, Matt Gillow, Jack Powell, Matt Taylor, Radomir Tylecote and Matt Ridley.

Board of Parliamentary Supporters
Crispin Blunt MP, Ben Bradley MP, Nusrat Ghani MP, Rachel Maclean MP, Julian Knight MP, Lee Rowley MP, Liz Truss MP

Emily Carver, 1828 Editor: “After a year of near unprecedented state intervention in our lives, it is more important than ever to make the case for freedom. As 1828’s new editor, I look forward to continuing to grow our reach, provide a platform for young voices, and make the case for free markets, free speech and free people.”

Jack Powell and Matt Gillow: “Three years ago, we founded 1828 to make the case for economic and social liberalism. Since its inception, we’ve published hundreds of articles by cabinet ministers, MPs and policy experts on a range of issues from free trade to immigration to LGBTQ rights. With its relaunch at the Institute of Economic Affairs Forum, we look forward to watching 1828 go from strength to strength, leading the debate for a more liberal Britain.”

Crispin Blunt, MP for Reigate: “I’m thrilled to see 1828 continue to make the case for social liberalism and free markets at a time when these ideas matter more than ever. I look forward to continuing to work with them in future.”

Sam Bowman: “1828 is an invaluable platform for humane, open-minded discussion and how free markets and good governance can make even the poorest people around the world better off. At a time when politics is dominated by zero-sum thinking it plays a vital role in reminding us that competition and cooperation in the market can lead to outcomes that are truly win/win for everyone.”

Eamonn Butler: “It’s brilliant news that 1828 is being relaunched today. The platform is an essential voice for freedom and I look forward to watching it grow.”

Douglas Carswell: “For freedom to flourish we need to win the battle for hearts and minds.  1828 is on the front line in that fight, making the moral case for freedom to the rising generation”

Dan Hannan: “We are emerging from the pupa of lockdowns into a poorer, meaner, more authoritarian world. For the first time in my life, I see an absolute diminution of personal freedom – cheered on, it must be said, by a majority of voters. God knows we need 1828 right now.” 

Tom Harwood: “Long 2020 has been a time of unprecedented suppression of our basic liberties. As we emerge from this pandemic, there has never been a more important time for freedom to be championed. 1828 is proving to be a vital voice in forging a freer future.”

Ian Silvera: “I’m very excited to see that 1828 is relaunching at a time when we need a renewed focus on liberty, freedom and the role of the state. I’m sure Emily and her team will bring the national and international conversation forward around these imperative issues.” 

Radomir Tylecote: “Since 1945, there has hardly been a more important time to champion our fundamental freedoms. In the last five years, Britain has restored its Parliamentary sovereignty and returned to its free trade mission – but at home, our traditions of free speech and small government are threatened in ways we haven’t seen since the war. 1828 is exactly the project we need to help rejuvenate our free society.”

Matt Taylor: “I never imagined that we would see such a level of authoritarian overreach in Britain as the last year has brought. One good result is that more people are ready to listen to 1828’s message of freedom.”

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