What to expect from stage 2 of the Childhood Obesity Strategy

“The ordinary human being would sooner starve than live on brown bread and raw carrots,” George Orwell. In Autumn 2015 I attended a meeting with then Public Health Minister Jane Ellison and a coalition of charity representatives. There, the Minister told attendees that if the upcoming Childhood Obesity Strategy delivered ‘everything but’ a sugar tax,Read more

WA long read: What’s on the horizon for 2018

2017 was a political rollercoaster – a (surprise) snap general election, an even more surprising result, the formation of a Tory-DUP confidence and supply arrangement, the rise of Corbyn-mania, and sexual harassment scandals that shook all political parties in Westminster and across the devolved assemblies. To say that 2018 will be a less tumultuous yearRead 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

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

Strong and stable? How to read the political environment: Presentation to the 2017 HealthInvestor conference

I was very pleased to address the 2017 HealthInvestor UK conference in London last week, on the subject of how to read the current political environment. Below is a copy of my remarks. There are a number of questions that I’ve been asked to share some thoughts on today, namely: Is political chaos the newRead more

Devolution? Here in Yorkshire? Don’t talk soft!

Yorkshire and the Humber is by far England’s largest county and, with 5.3 million people at the last census, boasts a larger population than Scotland. It is a region with its own culture, its own dialect and a fierce, almost nationalist pride in its history, particularly on the sports field. It has the most successfulRead more