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

Considering a Corbyn Government

A WA series on the Labour Party, and what a Labour government could mean for UK investment activity. With aggressive signals that a Labour government would “intervene to prevent hostile takeovers” through a broadened public interest test, scrap PFI and nationalise existing contracts, and reform taxation to treat carried interest as income rather than capitalRead more

The rural economy: beyond farms and cattle?

While many of us wish we could trade our grey metropolis office for a stunning countryside view, the practicalities of doing so have always seemed out of reach. The traditional perception of the rural economy is one dominated by farming and forestry; an avenue for higher productivity, innovation and investment into a diverse range ofRead more

The new reality of healthcare delivery

Last week Berkshire Hathaway, Amazon and JP Morgan announced they are joining forces to take on the US healthcare market. While the news was light on the detail, everyone expects technology to be at the heart of their plans. These giants of American business want to offer their workforce “simplified, high-quality and transparent healthcare atRead more

The nightmare after Christmas

The festive period feels like a long time ago for many of us, but the financial wreckage of Christmas sales still feels fresh on the high street. Concerns over the precarious state of Britain’s languishing consumer economy have intensified this week as several big retailers shocked investors with reports of weak Christmas sales. Marks andRead more