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 previous role…

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…

Is GB News the British Fox?

By Simon Gentry Is Britain about to get its own Fox-style, right-wing 24 hour rolling news television station?  That question has been exciting left-wing Twitter in the last week or so and does raise a host of questions about the way the media landscape is changing and what the public think of the current providers….

The longest day will mark the end of the longest year

By Simon Gentry A chastened Prime Minister today set out the government’s strategy for unlocking England and getting the country back to something like a pre-Covid normal. I say chastened because one of the criticisms of the PM that has landed and stuck is that he has a natural tendency to see the glass as…

‘Hi Ho Robert Jenrick’ – MHCLG moves to Wolverhampton

By David Scane Over the past 4 years Wolverhampton has seen an influx of high profile arrivals courtesy of the Nuno Espirito Santo revolution at the city’s football club. The once slightly unglamourous West Midlands outfit (with apologies to celebrity fans Led Zeppelin) has been transformed with an exciting brand of football and reasonably priced…

Get rid of the evil piggy, for the kid’s sake!

By Henry Adefope How to eradicate potentially irreparable damage at childhood. The piggy bank taught a generation of children how to lose money. Time to teach how to grow wealth (like the rich kids learn). A show of hands who had a piggy bank when they were younger? If so, sorry. A cuddly, pink, piggy…

Yes Mayor!

By Vincent Carroll Battaglino Trends in governance structures come and go, but with America welcoming “Mayor Pete” as Secretary of Transportation, we are reminded that the singular personality of mayor is rather un-British. In English and Welsh law, it’s a New Labour invention. Before 2000, local authorities used the committee system. The Local Government Act…