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

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

A strong and stable reshuffle*

The disastrous 2017 election result for the Conservative Party has set the context within which UK politics has been operating ever since. Yesterday’s reshuffle is another reminder that the Prime Minister’s political authority is diminished, a result of her failure to secure that most basic of political requirements in Westminster politics – a workable majorityRead 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

Back in session: May’s revamp

Parliament has returned from recess and with it so has politics as usual. But the “status quo” of politics is problematic: a minority government, a divided opposition, and a Brexit coloured background. Theresa May has survived the summer too and, considering some coverage in the wake of the election result, this is an achievement. NowRead more

Like it, love it, share it: politics on social media

Last night, a sponsored ad for Theresa May popped up on my Instagram feed. As a politically engaged public affairs consultant, the content wasn’t too surprising. Seeing political content on the platform which I usually reserve for pictures of food or holiday snaps, made me pause for thought. Social media plays a large role inRead more

GE2017 battlegrounds: Will unionist voters in Scotland vote tactically for the Conservative Party?

This is the second part of our blog series examining key battlegrounds in the 2017 General Election. If you’ve missed the first part of the series, it can be accessed here.  Will unionist voters in Scotland vote tactically for the Conservative Party? Having nearly swept the board in Scotland at the 2015 General Election, the SNP willRead more

GE2017 battlegrounds: How many Labour seats will the Conservative Party pick up?

In reality a general election is never one contest. Within any one election there are always a series of battles – different trends and patterns replicated across the country, with some trends bucked on a constituency-by-constituency basis. While headline opinion poll figures provide a useful indication of the direction of travel and momentum, it isRead more