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

Beyond Brexit and Blazing a Trail Setting the Tory Party Alight

This week government has faced a series of hurdles in the race towards Brexit as the EU Withdrawal Bill continues its journey through both the House of Commons and the House of Lords. With the latest game of Brexit ping pong set to continue over the next few weeks, the government has had some successRead more

‘Repeal the 8th’ comes to Westminster

In the wake of Ireland’s landslide 66% to 34% decision to repeal the 8th amendment of the Bunreacht na h’Éireann, which had barred any move to liberalise abortion law, there has been increasing pressure for similar changes in Northern Ireland. This is a totemic red line for the DUP. Any move to make abortion legalRead more

It’s not easy being smart: outlook for the smart meter roll-out

It is now ten years since the (then Labour) government confirmed it would roll-out smart meters to all UK homes. And with ten years behind us, and two until the 2020 deadline for roll-out, things aren’t fully going to plan. Yes, customers with a smart meter installed are happy, but organisational and technical problems abound.Read more

Mental health: Keeping the future in mind

The public’s understanding of, and interest in, mental health has never been greater, something to be encouraged and acted upon. However, awareness doesn’t necessarily translate into the concrete policy change needed to improve such vital services. This week is Mental Health Awareness week, providing a perfect opportunity to reflect and take stock of the progressRead more

Brexit: The one year countdown begins. What do you need to be looking out for over the next 12 months?

It’s exactly one year until the UK officially leaves the EU. Many are saying we are further along than expected. The EU agreed to move onto phase two of the negotiations back in December, and this month we saw the UK secure a provisional deal on transition. But before we get too carried away, what’sRead more