Winter is coming: North vs South

There is a serious battle about to take place between the North and South of England. The cities of the North, under the new Mayors and existing leaders, are gearing up for a battle with the South (seen largely as London). This battle will tell us not just about government priorities but also how to …

PR challenges facing Vince Cable

By Paula Keaveney It is all change at the top of the Liberal Democrats, with Vince Cable replacing Tim Farron. Cable’s  position comes as a result of Farron standing down in the wake of the most recent General Election. The Lib Dems will forgo a leadership election though as Cable was the only nominated candidate …

This is not the political silly season

With Parliament due to rise shortly for the Summer Recess, it is often thought that politics ‘goes quiet’ until early September. With a lack of real debate and issues to consider, the media has to find other, less important, things to talk about. This makes it the ‘Silly Season’. But this summer especially, is not …

Inside the Corbyn campaign team – guest blog from Steve Howell

In his role as deputy director of strategy and comms for the Labour Party, Steve Howell played an important role in one of the most spectacular fightbacks in British political history. Ahead of speaking a CIPR Greater London Group’s #DrinknThink event, Steve gives us his view on how they turned things around. Theresa May just appointed …

Building the investment case: How to get money from Government

Many projects require a government contribution but the process by which this can be secured often seems opaque. So what do you need to do to get that often elusive funding? There are always more projects around than finance available, especially in the current straightened financial times. It is not that obvious that we live …

Global Politics: Lessons from a Greek Tragedy

Adults in the Room: My Battle With Europe’s Deep Establishment, by Yanis Varoufakis Reviewed by Carolyn Lochhead Yanis Varoufakis’ Adults in the Room is essentially an account of 162 days spent having baffling conversations with the world’s most powerful institutions. Becoming Greek Finance Minister in 2015, after left-wing party Syriza was elected on an anti-austerity …

Political vigilance is needed

The Government’s recent Queen’s Speech was widely criticised for its lack of content outside of Brexit. But just because the legislative agenda looks a little thin shouldn’t mean that anyone takes the potential impact of government any less seriously. Vigilance is needed. Government will continue to operate even if it tries to avoid difficult or …

Get your skates on, Prime Minister

The dust has barely settled upon the election, but the new Government’s legislative plans show that it is already running out of time. By Leon Cook Skating on thin ice Stalwart Labour MP and long-serving maverick Dennis Skinner’s traditional jibe at the pomp and circumstance of the State Opening of Parliament is the stuff of …

Aesop-esque Fables:  A Tale of Three Leaders

Once there were three leaders. One was named Nicola, and she ruled a land in the north. In the year two thousand and fifteen Nicola faced a great contest, in a faraway place called Westminster. Are you sitting comfortably? Then we’ll begin… By Carolyn Lochhead Nicola was beloved by many, and so she asked her …

Public affairs and a minority government

With the dust settling on the General Election and with everyone starting to get used to the idea of the Conservatives operating as a minority government, it is time to think about how public affairs should operate. What is the impact on public affairs?Fundamentally, the whole environment is a lot more politicised. All decisions will …