The sticking points of the ‘Teflon Bill’ – How the Trade Bill has been a battle ground for greater parliamentary scrutiny and why nothing sticks

By Sabine Tyldesley The Trade Bill 2019-21 was back on the floor over the last fortnight, as the Bill undergoes its ‘ping-pong’ stages, where both Houses of Parliament debate whether to accept amendments from the other place. The Commons rejected Lords amendment 1B on parliamentary scrutiny and on Tuesday the Lords agreed not to insist…

A taxing Budget? What to expect from next week’s set piece statement

By Joe Cooper Ahead of next week’s Budget, speculation has been mounting regarding the Government’s plans for tax reform as it seeks to lead the economic recovery from coronavirus. While changes to the tax system were largely put-on hold at the Autumn Statement in 2020, as we approach – hopefully – the end of the…

Will new laws put an end to ‘pensions plunderers’?

By Gareth Jones The new Pension Schemes Act includes laws to take action against company bosses who endanger company pension schemes. Why are they needed and will they work? This year marks the 30th anniversary of the death of Robert Maxwell. The controversial businessman and media proprietor left a number of troubled legacies that are…

The Outsiders – Obama and Trump – an American story

By Dafydd Rees American politics has a fascination and a drama all of its own. And yet, no one has a story quite like Barack Obama. As this week’s podcast compelling conversation with that other American legend Bruce Springsteen reveals, the former President was, and still remains, something of an outsider to the political system…

Brexit with a touch of Frost

By Tiffany Burrows From 1 March, the Prime Minister’s Brexit Adviser, Lord Frost , will join the Cabinet Office as a Minister of State, leading on the UK’s new relationship with the EU. The appointment, announced last week, will see Frost attend Cabinet. . Frost’s appointment to the Cabinet makes him more accountable than his…

Don’t shoot the (WhatsApp) messenger just yet…

By Tom Flynn Facebook’s purchase of WhatsApp in 2014 saw the social media giant dramatically increase its dominance in the instant messenger platform space. Since then, WhatsApp has grown in popularity and, together with Messenger, has made Facebook the instant messaging market leader in 90% of countries around the world. Things were going (relatively) smoothly…

Weary Britons throw caution to the winds in a mad dash of holiday bookings

By Nick Jessup Yesterday, the Prime Minister spelled out his plan for easing lockdown, as coronavirus cases in the UK continue to fall and the vaccine rollout continues apace. In his comments to the House of Commons, the Prime Minister used the word ‘cautious’ in some form at least eleven times, hammering home the message…