Graham Mather

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Director of the Institute of Economic Affairs who wants 'to get government out of providing schools and hospitals, cut taxes and give vouchers to the poor.'[1] His resignation in 1992 came after in-fighting with Ralph Harris and Arthur Seldon following Thatcher's removal. After claims it covertly acted as a political organisation the Charity Commissioners investigated the IEA's status.

At the Institute of Directors his interests were 'the advance of markets into government itself',[2] seeing himself as part of a 'priesthood of believers in the market' pushing a libertarian right ideology against the 'threat...from socialism'[3] The IPPR's Patricia Hewitt got together with Mather:

'There is even, between the rival think tanks, agreement on the part of the new agenda... That has reached the point where the IEA and IPPR are planning a joint seminar...'

It is not Mr Mather said, 'a consensus on solutions. But there is a consensus on objectives.' Patricia Hewitt said: 'We may even be able to agree on some of the methods.' Their conference was on empowerment, ' attempt to simulate the power of the market mechanism within the public sector...' [4]


  1. The Guardian 4 May 1999.
  2. Financial Times 16 March 1992
  3. The Independent 12 December 1990.
  4. The Financial Times 26 March 1991.