What’s the best way to be a former Prime Minister?

By Simon Gentry With the summer parliamentary recess approaching and the Party Conference season set to start, we thought we’d take a look at the big characters who have stalked the stages as both party leaders and prime ministers (and who may well reappear on the fringes of the Conferences) and ask: What did they…

Government seeks to bring consultancy in house

By Fraser Raleigh Last week the Cabinet Office announced the launch of the Government Consulting Hub, a new initiative designed to reduce the scale (and cost) of government departments’ use of external management consultants. It will be based in London, Birmingham and Glasgow, in line with the government’s push to spread the civil service’s footprint…

A necessary inquiry into lobbying

By Mark Glover David Cameron once predicted lobbying was ‘the next big scandal waiting to happen’. He was correct – in a way –  though he probably never thought he would be at the centre of it. Although the former Prime Minister’s actions did not break the very narrow rules around consultant lobbying as defined…

“Are you ready? Get testing. Go!”

By Tim Le Couilliard Ahead of Boris Johnson’s hotly anticipated lockdown escape map being unveiled next week, journalists are doing all they can to sneak a preview into what may or may not be announced. After all, is there anything else that anyone is interested in at present?  Like the population, the media is obsessed…

The Government strengthens its COVID-19 quarantine policy, will it be enough?

Executive Ciaran Gill outlines the new quarantine measures that the Government has announced today to help quell the spread of COVID-19. January has always been a difficult month for socialising. A month that is usually comprised of low funds, difficult weather and a lack of events lends itself more towards the bingeing of a Scandinavian…

Covid testing ramps up as government moves to contain new strains

By Imogen Shaw Health Secretary Matt Hancock’s new postcode-based rapid Coronavirus testing strategy has begun in earnest today, as approximately 80,000 people across eight UK postcodes await visits from door-to-door testers. Everyone over 16 in the targeted areas is being urged to take a test, whether they are experiencing Coronavirus symptoms or not. The attempt…

When blame is not a game

By Fraser Raleigh As the Prime Minister held a sombre press conference last night to mark the grim milestone of 100,000 COVID deaths in the UK, he might have thought back to when he stood at the Downing Street podium all the way back on 12 March last year – two weeks before the first…

Sunak’s fiscal dilemma

By Gareth Jones The Budget is just under six weeks away. It is unclear how the country will be emerging from current lockdown restrictions by that point, but nevertheless, as we head towards 3rd March, the Treasury and Number 10 will be facing a series of very tough decisions about public spending.  The economic package that…