Lukewarm: the Heat and Buildings Strategy lacks ambition

By Will McMyn Today saw the publication of a veritable avalanche of climate-related documentation by the government. Nestled among it all was the Heat and Buildings Strategy, which comes about a year later than originally promised. Anyone that had hoped those twelve months were spent ratcheting up the strategy’s ambition will be sorely disappointed. The…

Crypto-castle rehab: A cautionary tale in an unregulated market

By Matt Redley Set in the stunning countryside of the Scottish Borders, Castle Craig describes its 50 acres “parkland and woods [as] a relaxed and tranquil environment conducive to healing and recovery”.  Founded in 1988 as a rehabilitation centre, the Scottish castle became the world’s first rehab clinic to treat cryptocurrency addiction in 2018 and…

Survival guide – the threats and opportunities for schools

By Alex McCready, Director – Head of Reputation & Privacy at Vardags and Anthony Hughes, SEC Newgate Advice on overseas pupils and Covid-19 British private schools, which previously admitted large numbers of students from overseas (particularly for China’s middle classes) are facing a growing problem because of the pandemic. Not only have travel restrictions presented a…

New Nuclear: All eyes on Anglesey amid fresh focus on nuclear power

By Robyn Evans There is an air of cautious optimism in north Wales as the UK Government recently set out hopes to revive plans for a new nuclear power plant on the island of Anglesey, off the northwest coast of Wales. Officials from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy have held ‘exploratory’ discussions…

Meet the new SoS – same as the old SoS?

By Douglas Johnson It’s a strange feeling to look at the headlines and not be entirely sure which year you’ve woken up in. Michael Gove’s recent pledge to focus on using brownfield land to meet housing need is therefore a little jarring. Early reporting on Mr Gove’s appointment at the Department for Levelling Up, Housing…

Croydon backs the mayoralty

By Vincent Carroll-Battaglino Last week, Croydon’s governance referendum resulted in an 80 per cent vote for the mayoral system. Thus, all three London boroughs that held such poll this year got the same result. On that evidence, where they don’t have it, voters plump for a mayor, and where they do, they vote to retain…

Countdown to COP

By Sophie Morello Biodiversity loss was a major theme this week as the first part of the UN Biodiversity Conference (COP15) took place. The summit has been beset by delays due to Covid and the critical, decision-making element, where targets are set and agreed, won’t take place until Spring 2022. So while no big commitments…

Squid Game and K-culture

By Simon Gentry If you haven’t seen it yet, you almost certainly will soon. And once you start, you won’t be able to stop. The irresistible rise of Squid Game has caught almost everyone, even Netflix who made it, off guard.  It’s now the most streamed television series in history, overtaking Bridgerton last week and…

The Northern Ireland Protocol: a touch of Frost raises the temperature

By Ciaran Gill Senior Executive Ciaran Gill analyses what’s next for UK-EU relations after an important few days in which the EU presented new proposals around the Northern Ireland Protocol. After one of the most hectic weeks in UK-EU relations in many months, the UK and the EU are today entering into talks (which have…

Post-pandemic track and trace

By Valeria Orezzi A lot has been written and said about tech and privacy. From GDPR to social media advertising, we as consumers are aware that our data is often not being adequately protected, but has COVID-19 changed our perspective? A week ago, Home Secretary Priti Patel praised BT’s idea of an app and phoneline…