For government, no news can’t be good news for long

Announcements from No.10 seem to have been few and far between lately. Does this signal a new style to the coalition’s management of the government agenda? Or will we see an abrupt end to the pause this week with the Spending Review? Admittedly the PM and his advisers have been busy with some significant internationalRead more

Energy Bill Round 2: burning issues

The Energy Bill started its House of Lords stages yesterday. What are the key battlegrounds? 2030 decarbonisation target Firstly and most obviously the 2030 decarbonisation target. Labour’s position on the issue has hardened still further since Third Reading in the Commons, with Shadow Energy Minister Tom Greatrex announcing last week that Labour will commit toRead more

Chris Kerr, WA LSE Scholar, completes his second year

Chris Kerr, the current recipient of the Westminster Advisers scholarship at the London School of Economics (LSE), has just completed the second year of his studies. Chris is studying the BSc Government programme at the LSE. The scholarship was established to provide financial support to a student who would otherwise be unable to take upRead more

Civil service reform under the microscope

The IPPR has published what looks like an interesting report today on civil service reform. The report was commissioned by the Cabinet Office last year, which tasked the IPPR to look at how other civil services work. Researchers looked at Australia, New Zealand, the United States, Singapore and Sweden (come on, it’s IPPR!), and howRead more

HESTER La vista!

News on Wednesday that RBS Chief Executive Stephen Hester has been strongly encouraged to stand down will come as no surprise to those who’ve followed the bank’s reprivatisation saga in some detail. As more details have emerged it seems increasingly likely that HMT, via UKFI, played a key role in edging Hester towards the exit.Read more

Osborne and low carbon – a reflection

“the UK lags behind every major European country when it comes to using renewable energy. This simply isn’t good enough… we need to see the whole of the government pulling in the same direction to cut emissions and green our economy.  Climate change cannot solely be the concern of the climate change minister…..quite frankly, whenRead more

Housing, housing everywhere…

Recent media coverage suggesting that a housing crisis is engulfing London has been pretty hard to miss. Expected population increases across the capital in the coming years will place increasing pressure on the ability to meet housing demand. Indeed, it is being suggested by a range of sources that the number of new homes needingRead more

It’s time for a reshuffle

Reshuffles are invariably the worst kept secrets in British politics. Touted, trailed and trawled in the media for months before they take place, their announcement often holds few surprises. This summer/autumn the Westminster Village will be incapacitated with excitement, as David Cameron looks to reshape his front bench. However, the reshuffles will pose some difficultRead more