May’s industrial strategy – red flags and green lights

It comes as a surprise to nobody that the UK is facing a productivity crisis. Having already lagged considerably behind other OECD countries before 2008, the gap has only widened in the aftermath of the financial crisis. The government’s industrial strategy, unveiled earlier this week, is the latest attempt to address this. Met with cautiousRead more

Taking away the politics: What difference will the National Infrastructure Commission make?

Westminster Advisers was delighted to recently host Sir John Armitt for a breakfast discussion on ‘Delivering greater certainty for UK infrastructure’ and the work of the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC). As one of the UK’s most successful engineers and former Head of the Olympic Delivery Authority, Sir John has presided over some of the UK’sRead more

BUILDING GEORGE’S LEGACY

The Chancellor’s party conference speech this week confirmed his desire to leave a legacy: transforming the UK economy and altering the long-term perception of the Conservative Party. Infrastructure is key to this vision of a high skilled, high pay economy with increased productivity. Whether this can be achieved will depend to a significant extent onRead more

READY FOR TAKE – OFF?

The political agenda has been dominated in recent weeks by international issues. Greece, Tunisia and European migration have been the main topics of discussion in the corridors of Whitehall and Westminster. Tomorrow, the focus will briefly shift to Britain’s trade with Europe and the rest of the world. Sir Howard Davies, who was appointed threeRead more

Devo-Manc

On Monday morning, the Chancellor George Osborne devolved an unprecedented number of powers to the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA), supposedly more than they’d asked for. Powers and budgets for transport, planning and public service reform are to be devolved upon the condition of the election of a directly elected Mayor for Greater Manchester. TheRead more

Boris island – Is political ambition on airport capacity dead in the water?

It was the decision that we had largely been expecting. Sir Howard Davies has today decided that Boris Johnson’s Thames Estuary plans for a new airport on the Isle of Grain should be taken no further as a possible contender in the race to provide additional runway capacity in the South East. The London MayorRead more