Models for the post-Brexit immigration system

Described by David Davis as “a landmark moment”, the passing of the EU Withdrawal Act in June allowed Theresa May to take a breath and perhaps to issue a sigh of relief.  However, what is clear, is that there are still many legislative hurdles for her to jump and policy details that need to beRead more

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

The politics of empathy

Emotion has always played a central role in PR and advertising. However, its importance in shaping public policy is often overlooked. In the 1990s, two pieces of legislation were enacted to address the emotionally-charged subjects of gun control and dog attacks. In 1991, the Dangerous Dogs Act sought to end a series of violent dogRead 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

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

What the Brexit white paper means for financial services

After a difficult few days of infighting over the ‘agreement’ on the UK’s negotiating stance reached at Chequers, government has published its long-awaited Brexit white paper. This sets out (some) detail on the UK’s vision for our relationship with the EU after Brexit. The paper was met with less than rapturous applause by MPs fromRead 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

‘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