A solid, appealing speech wrapped in poor delivery

Ed Miliband’s speech to Labour party conference this afternoon was 70 minutes long and at times, a strange experience to listen to. His tendency to make points by drawing on references to meetings with ‘normal people’ – Rosie, Xiomara, Gareth and more – is becoming slightly tedious.  At worst, it just reminds one of theRead more

A low key conference

What happened to all the optimism at Labour conference last year?  Sunny Brighton 2013 was where we heard a speech from Ed Miliband that changed the political weather, that energised Labour activists, and that made politicos on all sides of the spectrum confident that politics was interesting and all to play for once again. ManchesterRead more

Open season 2014 – an analysis of party conference fringe

As politicos pack their bags for party conference season, Westminster Advisers has again put together some light reading on the most popular politicians and policy debates at this year’s conference fringes.  You can take a look at the report here. As always, the fringes are a snapshot of the issues that are front of mindRead more

Scotland drowns out the rest

The message was meant to be about the economy. Any chance of Conservative success in May 2015 is inextricably linked to the UK’s economic recovery. Therefore, core to the Party’s strategy is to ensure that voters give credit to Cameron & Co as being responsible for having delivered recent growth (as well as trusting theRead more

Three hurdles for a new settlement on health and social care

The King’s Fund has set down a challenge on health and social care in England for all three main parties as the general election approaches. The contribution from the Fund’s Barker Commission – A new settlement for health and social care – covers a lot of ground. There are, however, several practical difficulties for implementation.Read more

Boris island – Is political ambition on airport capacity dead in the water?

It was the decision that we had largely been expecting. Sir Howard Davies has today decided that Boris Johnson’s Thames Estuary plans for a new airport on the Isle of Grain should be taken no further as a possible contender in the race to provide additional runway capacity in the South East. The London MayorRead more