Adam Smith Institute, London | Week 7 – The rise and fall of Bath

Camille Cross

It’s now been quite a long time since tasting a good Australia coffee and enjoying a great Australian brunch, so I went to this café called Lantana in Shoreditch. I treated myself to a few coffees and a great meal! I would definitely recommend for anyone living in or visiting Shoreditch.

As much I love the hustle and bustle of the global city that is London it was great to get away even for a day. I got up nice and early on Sunday and spent the morning rolling into Bath which almost feels like stepping back in time. We decided with limited time it would be good to buy a ticket for the hop on hop off bus which was great! There are two trips for the one ticket, the first through the city centre and the other through the surrounding hills and the Bath skyline.

We took a Beautiful tour of the Roman baths where you can’t help but be amazed by the feat of engineering from the flow of water to the structure itself. The most enjoyable part for me is that tour outside of the original walls where you can see that Bath was a victim of an economic downturn. Bath was once a city to be rivalled, and some would argue better than London at certain stages.

This week started with fewer than normal staff in the office as most of them were away at freedom Week in Cambridge. Freedom Week is a small week-long seminar where 30-35 students from around the world meet in Cambridge and are usually in their first year of tertiary education. There were some excellent speakers this year from the ASI and the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA).

There was a great talk by Steve Davies of the IEA for the students on Freedom Week that focused on history. We were first asked about significant dates from history including the American Civil war and various battles throughout Europe. These were all dates that focused on the state and political power and are often taught about in school, and we are told about how much they affect our lives. We were then shown dates relating to business and social developments like the flight of the first Boeing 747 reducing the costs of global travel and the birth control pill allowing for women to control for themselves when to have children.