Posts for UK

To brief or not to brief

Monday, 13th March 2017

May you live in interesting times. On Friday Phillip Hammond must have been ruing his decision to cite Norman Lamont in his budget. This morning he must be particularly thankful that we live in a time of Brexit. Read more...

Sinn Féin surge but questions remain

Tuesday, 07th March 2017

Last week’s election to the Northern Ireland Assembly might have been low key, but it was historic for a number of reasons. Turnout was the highest since the 1998 Good Friday Agreement. The outcome marks the first time that the unionist parties failed to win a majority of seats, while Sinn Féin received its highest ever share of the vote. Read more...

Pat McFadden Brexit Breakfast: the two Brexit negotiations

Thursday, 09th February 2017

This morning Interel hosted Labour MP and former Shadow Europe Minister Pat McFadden at our latest Brexit Breakfast with business leaders and industry colleagues. Mr McFadden’s pensive and calm approach was refreshing and insightful, particularly following a busy fortnight of Brexit related debates in Parliament. Read more...

The Industrial Strategy: Innovation Nation or Mission Impossible?

Monday, 23rd January 2017

One of Theresa May’s most intriguing decisions since ascending to the role of Prime Minister has been forging a new department, BEIS, with an explicit focus on industrial strategy. This is a phrase more generally associated with Labour Governments, perhaps most famously with Harold Wilson’s “white heat” speech, espousing a scientific revolution. Read more...

Re-launch complete: what has changed for Corbyn?

Friday, 13th January 2017

Although it is early days to judge the success of the ‘new and improved’ Jeremy Corbyn, the week of his relaunch has provided a good litmus test. A failure to secure a position on immigration, coupled with a somewhat confusing new proposal for a maximum salary cap, produced a calamitous relaunch for Corbyn 2.0. To put the cherry on the top of the cake, Tristram Hunt MP for Leave-voting Stoke Central, resigned to undertake a role with the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. Read more...

The Sound of Silence: May’s first six months

Thursday, 12th January 2017

If a week is a long time in politics, then six months is a lifetime. Theresa May’s first six months as Prime Minister have been interesting, if somewhat uneventful given that Britain - and the wider western world - is now facing the most unprecedented domestic and geo-political change in modern times. Read more...

Back in the spotlight, or stuck in the wings? Blair re-enters the stage

Monday, 05th December 2016

Post (an extended) interval; re-enter Tony Blair stage left. The stage is frenzied, chaotic and noisy. A ‘Vote Leave’ banner hangs dishevelled above, and a silhouette of Brussels burning haunts the backdrop. Blair moves centre stage. A bright, heavenly beam hits him. Quiet descends around. A cool blue wash is cast over the stage, and order is restored. End scene. Read more...