Keeping pace with the Fourth Industrial Revolution

The release of the new Westworld and Humans series may have offered some escapism over recent months. But as the march towards the fourth industrial revolution continues apace, science fiction is fast becoming science fact. As we edge closer to the technology of tomorrow, a fierce debate has emerged about whether the UK workforce isRead more

Factions of the Labour Party

As the party creeps ahead in the polls, investors are assessing the likelihood of a Labour government being elected at the next general election, and what it might mean for future investment decisions and their current portfolios. When analysing the likely direction of party policy and its impact on investments it is important to understandRead more

Theresa May’s toughest week: weakened but still standing

It has been quite a week in Westminster. Theresa May has cleared two vital parliamentary hurdles on the increasingly tortuous path towards Brexit, narrowly getting the Trade and Customs Bills through the Commons. But this came at a significant cost; to her personal authority, to the unity of the Conservative Party and to the credibilityRead more

Pharmaceutical pricing: who holds the cards now?

Negotiations between NHS England and Vertex over access to vital CF drugs have reached an impasse. Both sides appear to have dug their heels into the ground, with patients and politicians left frustrated at the prospect of yet more delays. Some are increasingly despondent over the prospect that a deal may never be reached. TheRead more

What the Brexit white paper means for financial services

After a difficult few days of infighting over the ‘agreement’ on the UK’s negotiating stance reached at Chequers, government has published its long-awaited Brexit white paper. This sets out (some) detail on the UK’s vision for our relationship with the EU after Brexit. The paper was met with less than rapturous applause by MPs fromRead more

Matt Hancock – who is the new Health Secretary?

  Ambitious Now the youngest person in the Cabinet, Hancock’s rise has been swift – from Special Advisor to George Osborne, to MP, to Minister, and then Secretary of State in the course of only 13 years. This is, in fact, his eighth ministerial post since 2013. But his further ambitions are well known inRead more

Electric Vehicles strategy: going in the right direction but cruising in third gear

The government’s delayed electric and ultra-low-emissions vehicles (EVs) strategy, Road to Zero, was published this week and has turned out to be more Volkswagen E-Up than Tesla Model-X: perfectly decent, will do the job, but not particularly exciting. No sense of urgency The strategy lacks ambition, sticking to a 2040 target to remove petrol andRead more