UK Industrial Strategy: Has the Government gone back to picking winners?

Yesterday, Theresa May launched the Government’s long-awaited Industrial Strategy Green Paper, which set out a new ‘active role’ for Government in its approach towards business and presented a series of policy measures designed to “build on Britain’s strategic strengths and tackle our underlying weaknesses.” As part of this Green Paper, the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has set out a ten ‘strategic … Continue reading UK Industrial Strategy: Has the Government gone back to picking winners?

World Gone MAD: Why Politicians And The Media Are In Danger Of Killing Each Other Off

The article below, written by Newgate’s CEO Gavin Devine, originally appeared in The Huffington Post. Over the weekend my middle daughter had to write an essay on the most significant event of 2016. She quite wrongly rejected the idea that this was Hiddleswift; rather boringly she chose instead the election of Donald Trump. Her 13-year-old judgement on the new PEOTUS was as pithy as it was … Continue reading World Gone MAD: Why Politicians And The Media Are In Danger Of Killing Each Other Off

@realDonaldTrump’s Twitter Diplomacy

By Andras Juhasz Twitter played an important role in Donald Trump`s election campaign with his spontaneous, frank and occasionally over-the-top tweets that energised his followers and generated headlines in the US and beyond. Since election night, the President-elect`s Twitter account has also attracted a different kind of audience: diplomats all over the world have clicked the “follow” button in hope of getting clues to his … Continue reading @realDonaldTrump’s Twitter Diplomacy

Theresa May sets out her Brexit stall

Having been rather coy so far about the Brexit deal she will be aiming for, Theresa May finally lifted the veil today. She did not reveal all the details of her negotiating position ahead of the formal triggering of article 50 in two months’ time — nor should she – as that would merely have compromised her negotiating strategy. But after her big set piece … Continue reading Theresa May sets out her Brexit stall

Sadiq Khan call in powers

The first time a Mayor or Minister calls in a planning application is always likely to be taken as a statement of intent. Sadiq Khan’s decision to call in two applications rejected by councillors on design grounds because of their potential to deliver affordable housing, one in Tottenham Hale and one in Wealdstone, is therefore interesting. He notes the developments: “have the potential to bring … Continue reading Sadiq Khan call in powers

2017: The Year Of… Who Knows?

The blog below, written by Newgate CEO Gavin Devine, was originally published on HuffPost Politics. And so another year ends and a new one begins. And the beginning of January has brought the usual crop of ‘forward looks’ for the year. So I thought I’d follow suit, although hopefully with a new twist: I am pretty much abandoning the predictions game. As the recent rash … Continue reading 2017: The Year Of… Who Knows?