Industrial Strategy: big vision and Grand Challenges but does the policy match the ambition?

It was long (nearly 250 pages), at times repetitive and much of the content was either announced at the Budget or is a restatement of existing policies or strategies. But the Government’s long awaited Industrial Strategy was nevertheless one of the most significant documents published by Theresa May’s Government to date. This is, first andRead more

But her emails!: Could an email be about to bring down the Irish Government? And what does it mean for the UK?

It was announced last week that a vote of no confidence motion in the Tánaiste (Deputy Prime Minister), Frances Fitzgerald TD, is to be tabled in the Dáil Éireann by Fianna Fáil, the second largest party in the Irish Parliament. Sinn Féin had already said they would table a similar motion earlier on Thursday lastRead more

Cautiously carrying on

With Conservative Party conference over, focus returns to Westminster, and to Brexit. And UK business leaders are becoming increasingly concerned. Stanford and Nottingham universities have teamed up over the past year, with the help of the Bank of England, to track the views of 2,500 chief executives and chief financial officers towards Brexit negotiations. TheyRead more

Is anyone listening? Liberal Democrat Party Conference 2017

Liberal Democrat delegates gathered in Bournemouth in mixed spirits last weekend (16-19 September). While they regained some of their big names at the election in June, they had higher hopes than going from nine to twelve MPs. They started the election hoping to be the voice of Remainers, the 48 per cent, and called themselvesRead more

Northern Irish devolution: Some Assembly required

Before the Assembly collapsed in January this year – in the wake of the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scandal – there were extraordinary scenes. In the days in December 2016 all the parties except the DUP left the Chamber as the First Minister, Arlene Foster, got up to defend her role in making the RHIRead more

Strong and stable? How to read the political environment: Presentation to the 2017 HealthInvestor conference

I was very pleased to address the 2017 HealthInvestor UK conference in London last week, on the subject of how to read the current political environment. Below is a copy of my remarks. There are a number of questions that I’ve been asked to share some thoughts on today, namely: Is political chaos the newRead more

Brexit Briefing – September 2017

With Britain’s formal exit from the European Union in March 2019 looming just 18 months away, we take a look at progress and developments in the Brexit process over the past month. A Brexit vision gradually emerges DExEU has published no fewer than eleven new papers in the last month which are gradually providing aRead more

Have your trade and eat it

In an attempt to move Brexit talks along, the UK government has released a series of position papers outlining its stance on issues crucial to negotiations. The papers range in topic (and depth) and have so far received a mixed response from policy makers and business leaders alike. For the UK investment market, one ofRead more