We knew this campaign would be about identity but as we get ever closer to the finish line that is becoming truer than many of us realised. It will present a challenge for the next government – whoever emerges victorious. There are just two weeks to go in this Brexit election and, with the manifestos … Read more Two weeks to go: This election is about a sense of belonging that parties are struggling to understand
Black Friday is upon us and with it a new season of bargain hunting. UK retailers are expecting to pull in as much as £5.6 billion on Black Friday and Cyber Monday purchases alone this year, but this isn’t just peak season for retailers. The popularity of the event combined with the rise of one-touch mobile … Read more Black Friday: Don’t Bargain on Security
This article was first published on City A.M. There are two truisms of election campaigns. The first is they are about the fundamentals: the state of the economy, how long the governing party has been in power, and which party leader is perceived as the more ideologically moderate. For the 2019 General Election we add … Read more When it comes to describing your opponent, sticking to the simple fundamentals doesn’t apply
Last week we learned who will be standing where, this week we’ve learned what they will be standing for. All manifestos, with the exception of the Conservatives, have now been launched, but Johnson and co have also been busy giving us a good idea of what Sunday’s launch will look like. With the pledges now … Read more Week Three: Campaigns in full swing as parties reveal their hands
It is early days in the Election race, and the Lib Dems have (barring the odd graph) run an incident free campaign, but so-far have failed to cut through and make a decisive impact. In fact, despite an initial false start for both the Conservative and Labour campaigns, the prevailing wisdom (backed up by polling), … Read more Lib Dem reflection: Swan-song or Swin-win?
In many ways the big moment of the week passed by without much fanfare. As of 4pm on Thursday 14 November, every candidate standing has now been confirmed. We learned two main things as a result: First, the Brexit Party has given way to the Conservatives. Nigel Farage’s party will only stand 300 candidates, pulling … Read more Week Two: The blue dragon seeks to bring down the Red Wall
The UK is now in full election mode. As we close out week one, we have 34 days to go before the general election. Over the next five weeks and beyond, the Political + Public Affairs team will be navigating the variable general election waters, including a Friday lunchtime reflection on the week. In the … Read more General Election: End of Week One
This article was first published on City A.M. With the recent headline-grabbing noise coming from Westminster, few paid much attention to the key announcements coming out of the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). Senior figures from the regulator have been giving some of the most significant speeches about the future of financial services in years. But … Read more The FCA is proposing a radical change to the UK’s regulation system