What does the Consumer Markets Green Paper mean for utilities?

Putting the government’s rhetoric on markets into action Last week’s publication of the Modernising Consumer Markets Green Paper is the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy’s long-awaited attempt to set out how government can ensure consumers can get a better deal. The document – with roots going back nearly two years – sets outRead more

Take it back now: How Labour would nationalise energy

Recent years have provided respite for those who thought Down’s median voter theory – that democratically elected parties converge towards the centre – was fine and good but basically quite boring. On the left, the Labour Party has shifted its position on fundamental issues like the role of the state in the economy. As weRead 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

Theresa May’s Brexit roadmap: What does it actually mean?

A hallmark of Theresa May’s government to date has been the creation of policy vacuums which allow others, usually her opponents, to shape the political narrative. In this context, today’s speech from the Prime Minister on Brexit was essential to regain the initiative – from those both in Europe and domestically who have a differentRead more

The Government’s approach to Brexit – A roadmap to what?

Boris Johnson this week kicked-off a series of speeches by senior members of Government over the next fortnight, aimed at setting out a “Roadmap to Brexit”. It was not the greatest start. The Foreign Secretary used Valentine’s Day to issue a rallying cry to those on both sides of the Brexit debate. He warned againstRead more

From Good Friday to Ash Wednesday – is this the end for Stormont?

Last night, the talks between the DUP and Sinn Féin to reform the Stormont Executive spectacularly collapsed again, as the parties failed to come to an agreement on a range of issues, in particular the combustible issue of the status of the Irish language. Arlene Foster, leader of the DUP, said that there was noRead more