In Print: The Golden Triangle of the North

Why the North West’s science and technology communities are getting bullish in a bid to take on the south. When innovators step foot on British soil all signs should point North. That’s the challenge being put forward by the North West’s science and tech companies in a bid to shine a light on the region’s own trinity. The lure of the South’s ‘Golden Triangle’ as … Continue reading In Print: The Golden Triangle of the North

Getting up the Numbers – Is Green Belt Policy Fit for Purpose?

The article below is taken from June’s Housebuilder magazine. Stephen Byfield, partner at Newgate Communications, bemoans the fact that green belt policy, a 70 year old system of land management, is still dictating what is built where in the UK. I found myself involved in a very interesting discussion this month on the provision of social housing. Specifically, we were talking about Bristol, where a … Continue reading Getting up the Numbers – Is Green Belt Policy Fit for Purpose?

Don’t look down: lessons in optimism from Houston’s Offshore Technology Conference

From Louise Nicolson in Houston, Texas This week, new survey results from website Energy Voice revealed confidence in oil price recovery remains fragile but investment in tech is key to the future of the industry. Delegates at the largest oil show in the world, Houston’s Offshore Technology Conference, discussed the findings over a breakfast of sausage and biscuits.  The leaders of service companies and E&P … Continue reading Don’t look down: lessons in optimism from Houston’s Offshore Technology Conference

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?

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

HuffPost blog ‘Big Business and Political Engagement’ by Gavin Devine

The blog below is taken from the HuffPost Political Blog Series by Gavin Devine. Quite a few years ago I had a minor disagreement with an old schoolfriend. He was a Top City Lawyer working on a big banking merger. I was a Parliamentary Clerk toiling away in the arcane Private Bill Office. Our worlds collided because his merger required amendments to be made to a … Continue reading HuffPost blog ‘Big Business and Political Engagement’ by Gavin Devine

Cameron favourite in “too close to call” election

David Cameron is likely to stay in Downing Street, according to the attendees at last night’s ‘The View from The Bridge’ debate on the General Election, held at Newgate Communications. After a lively and informed discussion led by the three speakers – Anne McElvoy (Public Policy Editor at The Economist), Peter Riddell (Director of the Institute for Government) and Melanie Baker (Senior UK Economist, Morgan … Continue reading Cameron favourite in “too close to call” election

The Politically Inconvenient Truth

The UK is facing a crisis on an issue that has been looming for several years, and Judgment Day has come for a definitive decision to be made on May 8. The issue we are up against is the foreseeable power crisis the country will eventually face due to years of underinvestment in electricity generation, and rapidly aging existing infrastructure. The UK is facing a … Continue reading The Politically Inconvenient Truth

Miliband’s principles trump Dacre’s aggression

Twenty seven years ago, a soap star called Nick Berry released a song called “Every Loser Wins”, which went on to be a smash hit. At the time Ed Miliband was a student at Haverstock Comprehensive School and, like every teenager, probably clashed regularly with his parents. Yet it is his late father, in particular the Daily Mail’s attack on his late father as someone … Continue reading Miliband’s principles trump Dacre’s aggression

Squeaky bum time for Labour

Love him or hate him, Tony Blair made the Labour Party run on time. There may have been rumblings, rows and simmering resentment, but it was managed in a way that enabled the Labour machine to be efficient, effective and electable. Ed Miliband’s Labour Party looks like neither of the first two, and you would argue at the moment, nowhere near the third. Purely from … Continue reading Squeaky bum time for Labour