The Pin Factory
Vaccine Passports, Online Censorship and Lockdown Retrospective

Vaccine Passports, Online Censorship and Lockdown Retrospective

February 28, 2021

In this episode of The Pin Factory, the ASI's Matthew Lesh is joined by Daniel Pryor, Head of Programmes at the Adam Smith Institute and Mark Johnson, Legal and Policy Officer at Big Brother Watch.

They discuss the idea of vaccine passports, increasing online censorship and whether lockdowns proved to be the correct response to the pandemic in retrospective.

Guests:

  • Matthew Lesh (Head of Research, Adam Smith Institute) 
  • Daniel Pryor (Head of Programmes, Adam Smith Institute) 
  • Mark Johnson (Legal and Policy Officer, Big Brother Watch)

(Recorded Thursday 25th February 2021) 

Roadmap out of Lockdown, Free Speech Champions and the Monarchy

Roadmap out of Lockdown, Free Speech Champions and the Monarchy

February 21, 2021

In this episode of The Pin Factory, the ASI's Matthew Lesh is joined by Daniel Pryor, Head of Programmes at the Adam Smith Institute and John Macdonald, Head of Government Affairs at the Adam Smith Institute.

They discuss the UK Government's roadmap out of lockdown, new measures to preserve free speech at British universities, and whether the monarchy has had its day.

Guests:

  • Matthew Lesh (Head of Research, Adam Smith Institute) 
  • Daniel Pryor (Head of Programmes, Adam Smith Institute) 
  • John Macdonald (Head of Government Affairs, Adam Smith Institute) 

(Recorded Wednesday 17th February 2021) 

British Citizenship, Big Tech Backlash and Jabs Amnesty

British Citizenship, Big Tech Backlash and Jabs Amnesty

February 12, 2021

In this episode of The Pin Factory, the ASI's Matthew Lesh is joined by Daniel Pryor, Head of Programmes at the Adam Smith Institute and Matt Kilcoyne, Deputy Director at the Adam Smith Institute.

They discuss the problems with acquiring British citizenship, the UK's backlash against Big Tech giants, and the Government's jabs amnesty for illegal immigrants.

Guests:

  • Matthew Lesh (Head of Research, Adam Smith Institute) 
  • Daniel Pryor (Head of Programmes, Adam Smith Institute) 
  • Matt Kilcoyne (Deputy Director, Adam Smith Institute) 

(Recorded on 10th February 2021)

EU Vaccine Woes, GameStop and Superforecasting

EU Vaccine Woes, GameStop and Superforecasting

February 3, 2021

In this episode of The Pin Factory, the ASI's Matthew Lesh is joined by Daniel Pryor, Head of Programmes at the Adam Smith Institute and Jonathon Kitson, ASI Fellow and Superforecaster.

They discuss the EU's vaccine rollout woes, questions around short-selling in the wake of the GameStop saga, and the value of superforecasting.

Guests:

  • Matthew Lesh (Head of Research, Adam Smith Institute) 
  • Daniel Pryor (Head of Programmes, Adam Smith Institute) 
  • Jonathon Kitson (ASI Fellow and Superforecaster) 

(Recorded on 2nd February 2021)

Biden’s Inauguration, Closing the Borders and Jonathan Sumption

Biden’s Inauguration, Closing the Borders and Jonathan Sumption

January 28, 2021

In this episode of The Pin Factory, the ASI's Matthew Lesh is joined by Daniel Pryor, Head of Programmes at the Adam Smith Institute and Morgan Schondelmeier, the ASI's Head of External Affairs.

They discuss President Biden's inauguration, the debate over whether to shut the UK's borders, and former Supreme Court judge Jonathan Sumption's controversial remarks on whether lives have equal value.

Guests:

  • Matthew Lesh (Head of Research, Adam Smith Institute)
  • Daniel Pryor (Head of Programmes, Adam Smith Institute)
  • Morgan Schondelmeier (Head of External Affairs, Adam Smith Institute)
The Year Ahead, Vaccine Rollouts and Trump’s Impeachment

The Year Ahead, Vaccine Rollouts and Trump’s Impeachment

January 18, 2021

In this episode of The Pin Factory, the ASI's Matthew Lesh is joined by Daniel Pryor, Head of Programmes at the Adam Smith Institute and Dr. Eamonn Butler, Director of the ASI.

They discuss prospects for 2021, the UK's ongoing vaccine rollout, and recent events surrounding President Trump's impeaching and the storming of the US Capitol.

Guests:

  • Matthew Lesh (Head of Research, Adam Smith Institute)
  • Daniel Pryor (Head of Programmes, Adam Smith Institute)
  • Dr. Eamonn Butler (Director, Adam Smith Institute)
Brexit Crunch Time, Australia vs. China and The Great Reset

Brexit Crunch Time, Australia vs. China and The Great Reset

December 14, 2020

In this episode of The Pin Factory, the ASI's Matthew Lesh is joined by Daniel Pryor, Head of Programmes at the Adam Smith Institute and Tom Harwood, journalist and commentator at Guido Fawkes. 

They discuss the latest Brexit deal wranglings over fish, trade troubles between Australia and China, and the idea of the economy having a 'Great Reset' in a post-Covid world.

Guests:

  • Matthew Lesh (Head of Research, Adam Smith Institute)
  • Daniel Pryor (Head of Programmes, Adam Smith Institute)
  • Tom Harwood (Journalist and commentator, Guido Fawkes)
Special Edition: Free Speech and Artificial Intelligence

Special Edition: Free Speech and Artificial Intelligence

December 2, 2020

In this special episode of The Pin Factory, the ASI's Matthew Lesh is joined by Preston J. Byrne, technology lawyer and ASI Legal Fellow, and James Lawson, ASI Fellow and business advisor. 

They discuss the subject of their recent papers for the Adam Smith Institute - a UK Free Speech Act and the future of AI, automation and work.

Guests:

  • Matthew Lesh (Head of Research, Adam Smith Institute)
  • Preston J. Byrne (Technology lawyer and Legal Fellow at the Adam Smith Institute)
  • James Lawson (Fellow of the Adam Smith Institute and business advisor)
Spending review, Covid and the ‘Green Industrial Revolution’

Spending review, Covid and the ‘Green Industrial Revolution’

November 29, 2020

In this episode of The Pin Factory, the ASI's Matthew Lesh is joined by our Head of Government, John Macdonald, and John Ashmore, the editor of CapX. 

They discuss the spending review, the latest Covid news, and the Boris’ ‘green industrial revolution’.

Guests:

  • Matthew Lesh (Head of Research, Adam Smith Institute)
  • John MacDonald (Head of Government, Adam Smith Institute)
  • John Ashmore (Editor, CapX)

 

(Recorded Friday, 17 November 2020)

Vaccines, Palace Intrigue and Ad Bans

Vaccines, Palace Intrigue and Ad Bans

November 18, 2020

In this episode of The Pin Factory, the ASI's Matthew Lesh is joined by Daniel Pryor, Head of Programmes at the Adam Smith Institute and Christopher Snowdon, Head of Lifestyle Economics at the Institute of Economic Affairs. They discuss the latest Covid-19 vaccine developments, the departure of key advisor Dominic Cummings from Downing Street and the Government's proposed ban on all online advertising of 'junk food'.

Guests:

Matthew Lesh (Head of Research, Adam Smith Institute) 
Daniel Pryor (Head of Programmes, Adam Smith Institute)
Christopher Snowdon (Head of Lifestyle Economics, Institute of Economic Affairs)

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