Wish upon a White Paper

As expected, the Brexit White Paper published today by the government largely mirrors last month’s Lancaster House speech by the Prime Minister. The pre-publication jokes on the White Paper’s expected content, including that it would be a three page red, white and blue document simply stating ‘Brexit means Brexit’, have been proved false. Yet, suchRead more

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

The government’s Modern Industrial Strategy

Standing on the threshold of Number 10 in July last year, Mrs May pledged to fight the “burning injustices” plaguing British society, to expand opportunity for all and to allow people to “go as far as your talents will take you”. Today her government published the Modern Industrial Strategy green paper, in a milestone towardsRead more