Osborne all powerful in the new Conservative Government

Yesterday, David Cameron announced his Cabinet and ministerial appointments for the first Conservative majority government in 18 years. Much has already been made of the composition of this new government and what it means for the country – for example, to provide a sense of continuity and stability with many familiar faces remaining in key offices of state; and a more ‘female friendly’ government, with … Continue reading Osborne all powerful in the new Conservative Government

The 2015 General Election: Six key questions on what happens immediately after polling day

1. Are we likely to know the next Government by Friday morning? No. Unless the polls to date have been dramatically wrong, or there is a late surge in support for either the Conservatives or Labour (which is possible, but unlikely at this stage) then we will face another inconclusive result, with no party able to form a majority and negotiations over the formation of … Continue reading The 2015 General Election: Six key questions on what happens immediately after polling day

Budget 2015: Osborne pins hope on economic competence trumping pre-election giveaways

Today, George Osborne delivered his sixth Budget statement, the last before the General Election, in which he announced optimistically that “Britain is walking tall again” As expected for a pre-election Budget, it was an intensely political statement, with significant amounts of rhetoric devoted to the progress the Government has made on economic growth, jobs, living standards and on tackling the deficit since it came to … Continue reading Budget 2015: Osborne pins hope on economic competence trumping pre-election giveaways

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 SNP COULD VERY WELL DETERMINE THE ELECTION; IT’S TIME TO LISTEN TO WHAT THEY ARE SAYING…

What will our country look like in the early hours of 8 May? It’s difficult to tell. Almost everyone agrees that the Election is the most unpredictable in a generation. The polls offer no clear indication. There are so many factors – the lack of breakthrough from either the Conservatives or Labour, the collapse in support for the Liberal Democrats and the rise of UKIP, … Continue reading THE SNP COULD VERY WELL DETERMINE THE ELECTION; IT’S TIME TO LISTEN TO WHAT THEY ARE SAYING…

Autumn Statement 2014: An Election Launchpad?

On 3 December 2014, Chancellor George Osborne delivered his fifth Autumn Statement, the last of the current Parliament before next May’s General Election, and declared that “today we back aspiration – the aspiration to save, to work and to own your own home”. Mr Osborne announced that his long term economic plan is working and insisted that, despite a challenging global backdrop, the Government can … Continue reading Autumn Statement 2014: An Election Launchpad?

Businesses Beware: Don’t get caught by new Electoral Commission rules on ‘Non-Party Campaigning’

With less than six months to go to one of the most uncertain general elections in decades, there is much at stake for the UK economy and business landscape. Many businesses and organisations will, naturally, want to comment on what they view as the important political and public policy issues – whether they concern taxation, public spending, red tape, infrastructure investment, immigration, our relationship with … Continue reading Businesses Beware: Don’t get caught by new Electoral Commission rules on ‘Non-Party Campaigning’

Osborne’s plea to voters: trust the grown-ups

costIn today’s Autumn Statement, Chancellor George Osborne confidently announced to the House of Commons that “Britain’s economic plan is working” and, in a speech that was largely devoid of flashy announcements or headline measures, he then set about making an overt pitch to voters that the current Government – and more specifically the Conservative Party – are the ‘sensible grown-ups’ who should be trusted with … Continue reading Osborne’s plea to voters: trust the grown-ups

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