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

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

Facing the Change: What the Future Operating Model Means for Hospital Suppliers

NHS procurement is proving to be the ultimate rubix cube for policymakers tasked with knocking hundreds of millions of pounds from NHS spending figures. Despite progress being made towards Lord Carter’s vision for operational productivity – with news last week that the NHS Business Services Authority and NHS Supply Chain have met £300 million cash-releasingRead more

UK renewables outlook: sunny with some clouds on the horizon

For most, the sunny bank holiday prompted no more than the usual signs of a mini Spring heatwave: barbecued sausages, beer-garden-pints and embarrassing sunburn. But for energy wonks, it caused celebration as yet another low-carbon record was broken. On Sunday, solar PV hit its highest ever share of the UK’s power mix, generating up toRead more