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Real Deals article: The problems with taking back control2nd December 2016 · By Marc Woolfson
This piece originally appeared in Real Deals. Containing the fallout from Brexit was never going to be straightforward, and the recent High Court ruling on the triggering of Article 50 is yet another chapter in the saga. The next instalment will be on 5th December, when the government appeals to the Supreme Court over the […]
The final word: what did we learn from the last ever Autumn Statement?25th November 2016 · By Angus Hill
For somebody supposedly known as ‘Spreadsheet Phil’, the Chancellor managed to show a rare glimpse of humour during his first major set piece event. Jokes at the expense of the Foreign Secretary and the former Chancellor exposed a personal style that many didn’t expect. But while Hammond’s style was light-hearted, the economic news he had […]
Catchphrase: What’s the name of the game?25th November 2016 · By Natasha Egan-Sjodin
A powerful catchphrase is a crucial part of any successful campaign. Just a few short words, representing the values of a given object, person or belief. Catchphrases can be unfathomably successful at generating brand recognition, with good ones far outliving the timeframe of the initial campaign. “A Diamond is Forever”, coined by De Beers Diamond […]
The Chancellor’s first and last Autumn Statement23rd November 2016 · By Dominic Church
Delivering an economy that is resilient in the face of Brexit and driving largescale investment into infrastructure were the two key themes of Philip Hammond’s first set-piece announcement. Hammond spoke of an economy that had ‘confounded’ expectations in the months since the EU referendum. However, in a sober and measured performance, the Chancellor highlighted how […]
Margin calls in the energy sector: what does the government’s current agenda mean for investors?22nd November 2016 · By Mark Cazaly
Newspaper headlines in recent days have been full of analysis of energy company profit margins and the energy system capacity margin. The Sun claimed that energy companies were making much more money from customers than they had previously stated. The UK sent energy to France for the first time in years, putting pressure on the […]
A smart, flexible energy system22nd November 2016 · By Mark Cazaly
There’s been a lot of baited breath in the energy sector this year. Waiting for the final approval of Hinkley Point C, anticipating details on the next CfD round, all on top of waiting to get the Brexit vote result. As we discuss in our latest analysis paper, it looks like a new phase of […]
Workforce woes? Political risk in the UK labour market22nd November 2016 · By Alice Buckley
Thinking about the UK’s labour market and political risk, the more pressing issue is the uncertainty is immigration policy. Something of a political football during both 2015’s general election campaign and this year’s EU referendum, immigration has become a red line for government. In seeking to boost her Brexit credentials and win political ground from […]
Checks and Balances: Who’s Holding the Government to Account?15th November 2016 · By Dominic Church
The government is in the process of making crucial decisions that will affect the UK’s political, economic and cultural position in the world. If ever there was a time for effective scrutiny and opposition, it’s now. But, with the end of the clear two-party system, we are left with a much more disparate, fluid and […]
Westminster Advisers shortlisted for Consultancy Campaign of the Year in Public Affairs Awards 201614th November 2016 · By Marc Woolfson
Westminster Advisers is delighted to have been shortlisted for Consultancy Campaign of the Year in the Public Affairs Awards 2016 for our work with the Cycle to Work Alliance, a coalition of leading providers of the cycle to work scheme. Westminster Advisers worked with the Alliance to protect the scheme from the Government’s plans to […]
Workforce woes? Political risk and the UK labour market11th November 2016 · By Alice Buckley
Something of a political football during both 2015’s general election campaign and this year’s EU referendum, immigration has become a red line for government. In seeking to boost her Brexit credentials and win political ground from Labour and UKIP (despite having failed to reduce net migration during her six-year stint as Home Secretary) Theresa May […]
Relationship counselling: What does Trump mean for Britain?10th November 2016 · By Angus Hill
“They will soon be calling me MR. BREXIT!”, declared the new president-elect of the United States on social media in August 2016 in his typically under-stated style. In the increasingly uncertain post-Brexit world Britain now finds itself, you would expect that having a key ally who is sympathetic to Britain and supports Brexit would be […]
Statement of intent8th November 2016 · By Simon Darby
It has been somewhat overshadowed by the unfolding drama around Brexit, but in just over a fortnight Philip Hammond will present his first Autumn Statement as Chancellor. It will be the first major set-piece announcement on the state of the government’s finances and public spending priorities since the EU referendum result in June. Since becoming […]