Apocalypse now? How should policymakers talk about inflation?

By Gareth Jones The Governor of the Bank of England, Andrew Bailey, faced a significant backlash from government ministers today over his comments in front of the Treasury Select Committee yesterday, where he described the rises in food prices as “apocalyptic” and warned that households face a “very big real income shock” as inflation is…

Levelling Up and Regeneration Bill: Put your money where your mouth is

By Douglas Johnson Yesterday saw the introduction of the Levelling Up and Regeneration Bill. There’s a sense of deja-vu around the Bill – one disappointing set of election results and the ambition has dropped out of the government’s housing agenda. So far, so 2017. The headline for the Bill is that it does not include…

A government back on track?

By Tom Haynes As the dust settles following the Queen’s Speech today, political commentators are scrambling to see whether this is a pioneering speech from a government with a vision for a post-Brexit, post-Covid Britain, or simply a government all out of ideas.  The backdrop for this Queen’s Speech was far from a position of…

As voters head to the polls, is the party over?

By Phil Briscoe Local election polling day is here again and as electors cast their votes around the country, we can look back on a campaign dominated by one word. Not Ukraine, energy, prices, potholes, pavements, or even bins, but… parties. Not content with the prolific use of the word at elections as we discuss…

Boris evokes his hero in speech to Ukrainian Parliament

By Paul Kelly Perhaps it would be a little churlish, for obvious reasons, to say that Boris Johnson probably envies Volodymyr Zelensky right now, but I am sure that there is a part of him that does. “War”, Antonio Guterress, Secretary General of the United Nations, said recently, ”is an absurdity in the twenty first…

1997: Things got better

A personal recollection from Executive Chairman, Mark Glover It is 25 years since the election of the Tony Blair Labour Government. A day of hope, exhilaration and of lingering exhaustion after what had been a demanding two weeks of full-time campaigning for myself and partner in crime – Tom Glaisyer, currently Managing Director of Program…

Political sleaze is back, and it’s bad news for the Government

By Harry Brown Once again, the Government has faced a wave of negative headlines regarding Conservative MPs behaviour.  The chief whip Chris Heaton-Harris started an investigation on Tuesday night after a female Conservative MP reported that she had allegedly seen a male counterpart watching pornography on his phone in the House of Commons. This comes…

The countdown is on – the day before the Local Elections

By Pearce Branigan & Vincent Carroll-Battaglino With just over 12 hours to go until local elections ensue in the UK, our local government specialists Pearce Branigan and Vincent Carroll-Battaglino give us their predictions on the ground from both a Conservative and Labour perspective on how next Thursday 5 May might pan out. The view from…

Letter from Paris… French elections 2022

By Gauthier Bencheikh 20 years ago, last Sunday’s outcome of the French presidential election would have been a huge relief. After all, Emmanuel Macron was facing Marine Le Pen, current head of the far-right “National Rally” (RN). The party was almost unanimously rejected and vilified for decades as racist, since Jean-Marie Le Pen (Marine’s father)…