Let’s have a government for young people

The main parties’ manifestoes that will be drawn up just before next May’s general election will all differ in content. But, almost certainly, there will be some consistent themes:  stimulating economic growth, cutting the deficit and encouraging future investment into Britain. From a young person’s point of view, there are certain policy areas that I would like to see addressed in 2015’s batch of manifestoes, … Continue reading Let’s have a government for young people

We still need to talk about Nigel

Even though the prospective referendum on Britain’s membership of the EU is still over three years away, politicians and business representatives are already gearing up for the fight to come. At least that is the impression which any observer of Monday’s panel debate on ‘the City and the EU: better in or out?’ held at Fishmongers’ Hall in the City of London, would undoubtedly have … Continue reading We still need to talk about Nigel

We need to talk about Nigel…

In little more than four months from now, the UK’s major political parties risk being engulfed in a monumental political  firestorm that will stress-test their readiness for next year’s general election. Over the period covering 22 to 25 May, EU voters go to the polls to elect 766 members of the European Parliament. 73 of them will hail from the United Kingdom. Strangely, though, most … Continue reading We need to talk about Nigel…

The voters say: ‘show me the money’

The relationship between the political and economic cycles has long been the stuff of political folklore. There have been many examples throughout history of nervy incumbents, mid-way through a parliament, reading the economic tea leaves for any signs of green shoots. Accordingly, the most recent announcement by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) last Friday that third quarter growth in the British economy was, at … Continue reading The voters say: ‘show me the money’

After the Prime Minister’s speech, the next election just got personal

The Prime Minister’s speech to the Conservative Party Conference on Wednesday had one simple message. Leaving aside the PM’s warnings about the lights going out under Ed Miliband’s energy price freeze, or the oft-repeated mantra which urged a cynical electorate to let him ‘finish the job’, Mr Cameron’s message was actually a lot simpler: look at me. And for the few thousand people in the … Continue reading After the Prime Minister’s speech, the next election just got personal

Tough choices await the victors in May’s council elections

After Eastleigh and the Budget, all eyes in Westminster are now focused on the outcome of May’s local government elections, as pundits and politicians alike try to size up the odds of the coalition Government clinging on to power in 2015. The three main party leaders have all launched their local election campaigns this week. While these elections are not at the forefront of the … Continue reading Tough choices await the victors in May’s council elections