What are the odds? Your fruit machine is about to change

The gambling industry is eagerly awaiting the outcome of the government’s review on gambling machines, and there is tension in the air over who will hold the ace when the cards are dealt. With something of a hiatus on investment since the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) launched its review in OctoberRead more

Cautiously carrying on

With Conservative Party conference over, focus returns to Westminster, and to Brexit. And UK business leaders are becoming increasingly concerned. Stanford and Nottingham universities have teamed up over the past year, with the help of the Bank of England, to track the views of 2,500 chief executives and chief financial officers towards Brexit negotiations. TheyRead more

Reflections on Manchester: the top ten things WA learnt this week

Commentators and pundits have broadly agreed that this week’s Conservative Party conference wasn’t a huge success. A flat atmosphere, no clear future direction, and of course, that speech. Here WA’s team on the ground – Jenny Ousbey, Peter Jones, Bobbie Davies, Angus Hill and Aaron Yamoah – share their collective insights from Manchester:   FirstRead more

PF Why? Analysing Labour’s PFI announcement

What has been said? One of the most eye-catching announcements of the Labour conference was on Private Finance Initiatives (PFIs), made by Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell, Jeremy Corbyn’s de facto second in command. He criticised PFIs as a “waste of taxpayer money” that subsidised the profits of “shareholders, often based in offshore tax havens”. NotRead more

The Big Idea

The Tories have a problem. Since the bruising General Election in June, they have failed to convince voters on their domestic policy agenda. Polling this month has found a collapse in approval towards May’s meritocratic vision, management of public services and budgeting of the NHS. On such key policy areas, Corbyn is now the favouredRead more

Labour pains: what is business’ relationship with the party of opposition now?

On the ground at Labour conference, there is a sense that the political environment has shifted. In the initial years of the Corbyn leadership, business previously approached the Labour Party with a sense of bemusement. While the mood here in Brighton is still one of uncertainty at what the future holds and how seriously theRead more

Your guide to Labour Party Conference

Here is the absolute definitive guide to this year’s Labour Party Conference in Brighton. Covering all the spills, thrills, tortuous agonising over party process, and what exactly is likely to cause the biggest row. In The Loop The most important thing to remember at conference is that while the Party’s more loyal foot soldiers willRead more

Is anyone listening? Liberal Democrat Party Conference 2017

Liberal Democrat delegates gathered in Bournemouth in mixed spirits last weekend (16-19 September). While they regained some of their big names at the election in June, they had higher hopes than going from nine to twelve MPs. They started the election hoping to be the voice of Remainers, the 48 per cent, and called themselvesRead more