A Level reform: Gove’s lasting legacy

With A Level results out tomorrow, now is a timely opportunity to take stock of Michael Gove’s 2014 reforms and look at the extent to which they have begun to affect the pupils that have taken their exams under the new system. This year’s results will be interesting for two reasons. Firstly, they will serveRead more

Stockpiling highlights the risks of Brexit uncertainty

Confirmation that the government was planning to stockpile food and medicine in the event of a “no deal Brexit” caused consternation and talk of panic buying. Should the UK leave without a deal, it will fall back on World Trade Organisation (WTO) rules, meaning that all goods that enter the UK from the EU willRead more

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

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

A lot of hot air: Politics and heatwaves

Last-minute trips to the coast, burnt skin, tie-less offices and packed parks. All over the UK, people have been soaking up the sun, but the soaring temperatures are wreaking disruption left, right and centre. Are we prepared? Given we’re a country obsessed with complaining about the weather, Britons do their best to make the mostRead more