Cake-gate

How life imitates art. The row about the handwritten note by a ministerial aid saying Britain could “Have its cake and eat it” in Brexit negotiations is straight out of Armando Iannucci’s brilliant satire on political spin The Thick Of It. For those who have missed this “must see television”, in the final series the potty-mouthed government spin doctor Malcolm Tucker is finally brought down … Continue reading Cake-gate

Has Brexit put the Chancellor in a Jam?

On 23rd November 2016, the Chancellor Philip Hammond delivered his first Autumn Statement to the House of Commons in which he declared he would prepare the UK economy to be resilient as we exit the EU. This represents the first financial statement from the Government since the EU Referendum and was set against the backdrop of gloomy news from the Office of Budget Responsibility (OBR) … Continue reading Has Brexit put the Chancellor in a Jam?

Previewing the Autumn Statement with Andrew Lilico

In anticipation of the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement, Newgate has asked a panel of experts what they hope to hear from Philip Hammond. Andrew Lilico is Executive Director and Principal of Europe Economics Philip Hammond should be talking about the key issues; the deficit; infrastructure; housing; trade/tariffs; financial services; the CAP; and green policies more generally. On the deficit, my recommendation would be to abandon the … Continue reading Previewing the Autumn Statement with Andrew Lilico

Previewing the Autumn Statement with Charlotte Black

In anticipation of the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement, Newgate has asked a panel of experts what they hope to hear from Philip Hammond. Charlotte Black, Independent Public Affairs Consultant and Former Head of Corporate Affairs at Brewin Dolphin Maintaining business and market confidence is the essential challenge for Chancellor Philip Hammond. Bespoke deals of the sort announced last month for Nissan should be avoided. I would caution … Continue reading Previewing the Autumn Statement with Charlotte Black

Previewing the Autumn Statement with Chuka Umunna MP

In anticipation of the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement, Newgate has asked a panel of experts what they hope to hear from Philip Hammond. Chuka Umunna MP, Former Shadow Business Secretary The fact that the Chancellor has indicated that he will move off this predecessor’s inflexible fiscal target provides him with some flexibility to make prudent and smart investments, beyond simply allowing the automatic stabilisers to kick in in … Continue reading Previewing the Autumn Statement with Chuka Umunna MP

Previewing the Autumn Statement with Dr. Colin Lawrence

In anticipation of the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement, Newgate has asked a panel of experts what they hope to hear from Philip Hammond. Dr. Colin Lawrence Head of Strategy & Research, Parker Fitzgerald The Chancellor had previously signalled that there will be a loosening of fiscal policy in order to build infrastructure, raise productivity and rebalance the economy. But this priority has shifted radically over the … Continue reading Previewing the Autumn Statement with Dr. Colin Lawrence

Previewing the Autumn Statement with David Buik

In anticipation of the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement, Newgate has asked a panel of experts what they hope to hear from Philip Hammond. David Buik, Market Commentator at Panmure Gordon This past year has been the most momentous one, politically, since 1961 when Nikita Khrushchev threatened the US with nuclear war and before that it was probably 1945 when the UK electorate hoofed Churchill ignominiously in … Continue reading Previewing the Autumn Statement with David Buik

Previewing the Autumn Statement with Graeme Littlejohn

In anticipation of the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement, Newgate has asked a panel of experts what they hope to hear from Philip Hammond. Head of External Affairs, Scotch Whisky Association The Chancellor’s first Autumn Statement may well be his last… in order to facilitate a shift back to a more traditional ‘Pre-Budget Report’. Under George Osborne, Autumn Statements became increasingly like a mini-Budget, with tax changes … Continue reading Previewing the Autumn Statement with Graeme Littlejohn

6 Lessons from Donald Trump’s Winning Marketing Manual

The article below was written by John A. Quelch, Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School and is part of the Harvard Business School Working Knowledge. Donald Trump’s upset election win offers six lessons for marketers looking to beat the odds and overcome powerful competitors says John A. Quelch. Donald Trump’s victory may be a surprise—but not to astute marketers. Here are six important lessons from … Continue reading 6 Lessons from Donald Trump’s Winning Marketing Manual

President Trump: Reasons to be cheerful, one two three

So America has delivered the second political ‎earthquake of the year after our own excitement at the end of June. As we survey the turmoil in the markets and pick through the wreckage left by political pundits and pollsters once again crashing and burning, are there any positives at all? Surprisingly enough, given my passionate wish for a Clinton victory (or at least for a Trump … Continue reading President Trump: Reasons to be cheerful, one two three