Countdown to COP

By Sophie Morello This week in the countdown to COP26….The Wombles announced a comeback to support the government’s Together for Our Planet campaign. The new green ambassadors will feature in a series of social media videos showing how we can all go #OneStepGreener. In more serious news, the pressure continues for the UK Government to prove…

The Cautionary Tale of the Litecoin ‘Pump and Dump’

By Anthony Hughes In a twist on the classic ‘pump and dump’ scam, the price of crypto currency ‘Litecoin’ rocketed from around US$170 to above US$230 for a brief period on Monday morning after a fake press release claimed Walmart was allowing online shoppers to pay for purchases using the cryptocurrency. In an audacious move…

Bond: No time to fail

By Mark Glover With the latest instalment of the Bond franchise, and the last with Daniel Craig as Bond, ‘No Time To Die’ hitting British Cinemas on 30 September, the questions around whether the rebooted Bond under Craig has been a success and where the series goes from here are rearing their head. The Bond…

A bump in the night

By Rebecca Coleman As many Cabinet members returned home last night to lick their wounds or crack open the Moet, more junior Conservatives were in for a restless night, as promotions and demotions continued to trickle in late into the morning. Amongst the movers this morning were Kemi Badenoch MP, who left her previous role…

Lucky number Seven

By Pearce Branigan Last summer, then-Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick boldly unveiled the Planning for the Future White Paper, announcing that the Government would deliver their 2019 General Election Manifesto pledge to ‘build at least a million more homes, of all tenures, over the next Parliament’, by “bringing forward radical and necessary reforms to our planning…

There is power in a region

By Douglas Johnson Regional government made a rare appearance in the national media on Sunday, as Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick MP hinted at the potential agreement of a new wave of devolution deals. These could include new combined authority mayoralties for North Yorkshire, the East Riding of Yorkshire and Cumbria, as well county deals for…

Bin woes set to spill over into major national embarrassment

By Andrew Adie Last week I watched the slightly depressing sight of our carefully segregated recycling all being tipped from individual sorting containers into a giant wheelie bin and dumped unmixed into the back of a refuse truck to be taken off for disposal. Driver shortages have meant that the household waste recycling collections are…

All I Want for a Trade Deal Is…

By Tiffany Burrows, George Esmond and Ciaran Gill The UK’s exit from the EU saw an end to its participation in the Single Market and the Customs Union and its inclusion in EU trade deals with third countries, causing a reset in the UK’s international trade policy. The government’s ambition is to have 80% of…

Why the FCA has declared war on FOMO

By Ian Silvera You’ll need your own translator when entering the world of cryptocurrency. For the uninitiated, it’s a place where FUD (fear, uncertainty and doubt) has become a by-word for any critical analysis of blockchain or blockchain adjacent technology/projects, while the phenomenon of FOMO (fear of missing out) has been embraced on the forums….

NSIP – Now Significant for Interested Parties?

By Douglas Johnson, Associate Director Last week, the Government launched a comprehensive end-to-end review of the Nationally Significant Infrastructure Planning (NSIP) process and all its interactions. It promises to be wide-ranging – but seeks views in part on limits in the capacity or capability of NSIP applicants, interested parties and other participants. This is interesting,…