Sturgeon swimming upstream

I can’t help thinking that when Nicola Sturgeon sees her old boss Alex Salmond touring the TV studios that her heart is in her mouth hoping he’s not going to steal her thunder. Following Theresa May’s Brexit speech, the former First Minister used his airtime to declare that Scotland will likely hold indyref2 in theRead more

Adult social care – finding the opportunity amidst the risk

2016 was a year of surprises, not least for the British Government. With unprecedented international political challenges in the form of Brexit and Trump, it is perhaps inevitable that domestic policies have taken a back seat. Adult social care is a prime example. Playing second fiddle not only to Brexit but also, historically, the NHS,Read more

To Brexit and Beyond

Theresa May’s Brexit speech earlier today is arguably the most important political speech in recent history. Following months of speculation and no-end of advice from businesses, lobby groups and commentators, the PM has set out the government’s objectives for the UK’s negotiations regarding its withdrawal from the EU. Given the extensive pre-briefing to the media,Read more

State of the Parties

With eyes fixed beyond the UK’s borders, on the impending Donald Trump presidency and on the UK’s negotiations with Europe, it’s easy to forget that the political parties at home are facing a challenging time, not least in terms of defining their offer to a frustrated and increasingly anti-establishment electorate. As we embark on anotherRead more

My goodness, McGuinness

The maladministration of a renewable energy scheme in Stormont could be about to plunge Northern Ireland into fresh elections and potentially either scupper or ease Theresa May’s plans to trigger Article 50 by the end of March. The resignation of deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness yesterday triggers a seven-day period for Sinn Fein to nominateRead more

JAM-packed January

This is a government that works for all, delivering an economy and society that works for everyone. At least that is the message Number 10 has been wanting you to hear since Theresa May entered Downing Street. As we begin 2017, it is fair to say the government has been somewhat side-tracked in its effortsRead more

WA’s political highlights (and lowlights) of 2016

2016 has, at times, been stranger than fiction. Not only has it meant that the WA team has been kept on their toes providing insight and analysis of developments to our clients, but it has also been hugely entertaining as a spectator sport. As we approach the end of what has been an incredible 12Read more