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

Back in session: May’s revamp

Parliament has returned from recess and with it so has politics as usual. But the “status quo” of politics is problematic: a minority government, a divided opposition, and a Brexit coloured background. Theresa May has survived the summer too and, considering some coverage in the wake of the election result, this is an achievement. NowRead more

Life after office: Living on the fringe or having a ball?

We’ve all had it. Sat in the day job wondering if you were made for something different. Maybe you are the funny one in the office and think you could make it in comedy, or you fancy yourself to be an author? People tend not to indulge these flights of fancy. However, the upheaval thatRead more

Top 10 Comms Catastrophes of the Season

It’s silly season, and politics is – supposedly – taking a break for summer. So, no more slip ups, PR gaffes or embarrassing u-turns, right? Wrong. Despite decades to fine tune the art of communication, we still see companies spending thousands on advertising campaigns only for them to end in humiliating, and often highly amusing,Read more