John Blundell

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John Blundell is the former Director General of the London-based Institute of Economic Affairs and Vice President of the Mont Pelerin Society.

He was educated at King's School, Macclesfield, and at the London School of Economics from 1971 to 1974.

His roles have included:

He is a Director of Fairbridge, the Atlas Economic Research Foundation (UK) and the International Policy Network. He is chairman of the executive committee of the board of Atlas Economic Research Foundation (USA).

He is also a board member of the Institute for Humane Studies at George Mason University, Fairfax, VA; of the Institute of Economic Studies (Europe) in Paris, France; and of the Mont Pelerin Society.

He is on the advisory council of the Tax Payers Alliance.

"Wonk Whores"

A scathing opinion column on corporate-funded think tanks work such as the International Policy Network and the Demos Institute cited Blundell dismissing them as "wonk whores". He says: "Global companies are buying up think-tanks left, right and centre. Large cheques come attached to particular policy recommendations and senior corporate types sit on committees ready to ‘candle-snuff’ dangerous ideas," Paul Staines reported in The Times.[1] In a subsequent letter to the editor, Blundell, who is a trustee of IPN, stated that "the purchase by companies of 'particular policy recommendations' from groups pretending to be independent think-tanks is disgraceful. That is why International Policy Network, a UK charity of which I am a trustee, has a strict policy of not allowing its donors to influence the conclusions of its policy work, and a strict conflict of interest policy."[2]

External links


  1. Paul Staines, "You want policy? In cash?", The Times, December 20, 2005.
  2. "What price liberty?", The Times, December 23, 2005.