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As election manifestos are being written, now is the time for the business community to be the squeaky wheel, and the oil
Our businesses remain hamstrung by stubbornly high inflation (not least wage inflation), interest rates that don’t know how to fall, and an employment market crippled by a lack of both labour and skills. And all the while, the trade barriers we erected around our economy on exiting the EU are a daily reminder to British exporters just how badly Britain has damaged its trading abilities in recent years.
State expectations: A warning about local elections for Labour supporters
If you’re looking for signs that our scandal-pocked Government has one foot in the grave and the other on a banana skin, you should be anticipating the Thursday’s English local elections with glee. But here’s why it won’t necessarily be a rip-roaring night for Labour.
Absolutely Raabulous: Dominic Raab’s 8 worst bits
As we bid a not-so-fond farewell to Dominic Raab, join us as we recount some of the highlights (and more of the lowlights) of his misadventures in Government
Our relationship with the US (and beyond) will reflect our relationship with the EU
What was the purpose of US President Joe Biden’s visit to Northern Ireland and the Republic this week? To rational observers, Biden stopped in Belfast to celebrate the Good Friday Agreement, highlight the vital role of international cooperation in brokering the deal, and encourage Northern Ireland’s political leaders to return to power-sharing. The Windsor Framework, as Biden rightly pointed out, can be a continuation of this collaborative spirit.
8 times the international community has condemned the UK in the past year
Over the last 12 months, it seems like every international organisation worth its salt has had to condemn the UK Government’s latest cruel, authoritarian, or simply wrongheaded action. From supranational bodies to think tanks, charities and even organised religion, the Tories have provided each sound-minded and morally-unblinkered body with plenty to object to. Let’s have a look back at the 8 of these high profile interventions into UK politics that this Government has provoked in the past year.
Let's Stop Talking About Gary Lineker And Look At The Illegal Migration Bill
Ask someone on the street about the biggest news story of the past week, and you’ll likely hear one name: Gary Lineker. The football legend’s suspension and now un-suspension from the BBC has dominated the airwaves and splashed tabloids and broadsheets alike. But if you asked the same person exactly what Lineker was objecting to in the tweet that sparked the controversy, you’d likely get a much larger range of answers–and probably some blank stares.
Beyond the Windsor Framework: 5 steps for resetting our relationship with the EU
Beyond its practical benefits for Northern Ireland and the whole UK economy, Monday’s announcement of the Windsor Framework looked like a tentative return to grown-up Government. While the Tories have a long and storied history of U-turns, this could be the start of a new era in which the UK works smarter and more collaboratively with our closest neighbours. If they’re serious about this new pragmatic approach, here are the next five steps they should take.
Sunak’s weakness could allow hard Brexiters to strip away our human rights
Now under pressure from the ERG and DUP, Sunak could be tempted to follow through with his threat to withdraw the UK from the European Convention on Human Rights Convention to provide a rare point of unity for his Vote Leave Government. Despite the Attorney General’s pledge to address small boats “within” the ECHR this week, Deputy PM Dominic Raab on the same day said that the Government would ‘not rule out’ this withdrawal. If they do, eight decades of international cooperation on safeguarding our liberties could be lost–and the Good Friday Agreement with them.
For Labour, improving both public safety and our electoral system must go hand-in-hand
Last Thursday, Yvette Cooper said what anyone who’s paid attention in the past 13 years could tell you: the Tories have fallen down on the job of keeping the UK safe. The Shadow Home Secretary’s address to the Institute for Government pledged that Labour would hire 13,000 new police officers, commit to rebuilding relationships between police forces and communities, put cops back on neighbourhood beats, and swiftly act on allegations of misconduct against officers.
The Northern Ireland Protocol: What it is, what it isn’t and everything else you need to know.
An absolute back to basics, jargon-free, beginners guide to the NI Protocol. We’ll go through everything you NEED to know to understand the developments of the coming days. 
Gove is on manoeuvres and Sunak only has himself to blame
With the UK economy barely treading water and increasing global threats underscored by a fresh Russian offensive in Ukraine, Gove was sent as secret mediator from the Government. His mission; to do what neither Sunak nor Starmer can publically, to admit that Brexit has been an unmitigated disaster and that the time is long since past to begin to repair the damage.
The Retained EU Law Bill: A 2024 Christmas catastrophe
It’s Christmas 2024. A new Government has entered office with a plan to clean up 14 years of Tory mess. But thanks to the Retained EU Law Bill which took effect at the end of 2023, the half-life of Tory destruction may stretch long into the future.
World Human Rights Day: 7 Myths About Migration Debunked
This week, we’re setting the record straight and debunking 7 of the most common myths about migration–so you can right the narrative when you hear them.
Competence, what competence? Tory chancellors like Jeremy Hunt always spell disaster
Tory chancellors have held the purse strings for 30 of the past 43 years, and from Geoffrey Howe through Norman Lamont to Rishi Sunak, they have nearly all left the UK economy in a worse state than they found it.
Starmer should be honest about immigration after CBI fudge
With businesses staring down a recession as they enter their make-or-break months over the festive period, the Confederation of British Industry's annual conference provided an important opportunity for both the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition to make their party's case for how to right the economy.
Are we heading for 1997 again? This time the legacy of a Labour win can be lasting
After nearly two decades of Conservative PMs in No 10, the election of a Labour government in 1997 felt like a new dawn for Britain. This moment can be even more transformative if the Labour leadership lets it. By committing to electoral reform–including proportional representation–in the Party’s manifesto, Keir Starmer can give the country its most consequential change to the political system in decades.
The Northern Ireland Protocol Bill: another dampener for democracy
Just two years on from the announcement of the Northern Ireland Protocol as part of an ‘oven ready’ Brexit deal, the government has undertaken yet another U-turn. On October 11th...
Never mind the ballots: How Britain’s electoral system is cheating all the King’s men and women
We have grown used to being denied a fair say in how we are governed, to the point where the shameful winner-takes-all process feels like another one of those great traditions. But it is not a tradition; it is a crooked, 20th Century anomaly that stifles political opportunity and smothers political representation... It’s time for equal votes.
The cost of living crisis may be global, but it’s this Conservative Government that’s making it fatal
We’re all feeling it at the moment; energy bills are sky high, food prices are rising at the fastest rate since 2008, and it’s been suggested that inflation could reach as high...
The Blue Shift: Back-to-back broadcasts have amplified extreme Tory views
It’s a phoney war. There is no balance, there is no opposition and the format is ill-suited to countering the tsunami of counterfactuals, half truths and straight up lies on offer...