GK Insight – Dr Iain Wilton on the future for financial services

GK's Head of Research, Dr Iain Wilton, reflects on the future of Britain's financial services in the wake of the Queen's Speech.  Many aspects of the Queen's Speech have received a lot of attention, from the absence of the Queen herself to the inclusion of so many housing-related bills - less than a week, in fact, after housing issues contributed to the Conservatives' poor local election results, especially in London. Surprisingly, however, relatively little attention...

GK Point of View – Monica Thompson on the challenges facing the early years sector

GK Consultant and education expert, Monica Thompson, takes a look at the challenges facing the early years sector. While the Covid-19 pandemic has affected the entire education sector, this period has been particularly challenging for nurseries, pre-schools and other early years settings. Ofsted’s recently published findings on the pandemic’s impact on children of all ages and backgrounds. It reported that children who had been hardest hit by the pandemic actually...

GK Insights – Perspective by Dr Iain Wilton on the Procurement Bill

Despite its scale and economic importance, government procurement is seldom the most exciting or newsworthy subject.  It hits the headlines only rarely and, when it does, it's usually for the wrong reasons.

GK Insight – Perspective of Dr Iain Wilton, Director, Policy

Whenever we have a Queen’s Speech, the focus is invariably on what it contains - rather than what’s missing. Yesterday, however, was an exception. As well as the Queen herself being absent, for the first time in nearly 50 years, the sovereign’s throne was not merely empty but had been moved elsewhere. In the monarch’s absence, the Prince of Wales moved off the substitute’s bench and into, in effect, the early stages of regency mode - so it was a field-day for historians in...

Is the food and drinks sector being regulated at the worst possible time?

Is it the right time to regulate the food and drinks sector? GK Associate Daniele Schmidt-Fischer takes a look in our latest GK insights piece.  With Covid fading from the Government’s agenda, ministers are again turning their attention to pre-pandemic legislative proposals. A sector that will be in the limelight will be the food and drinks industry, which will be incentivised to reformulate its products, reduce single-use plastic, and guide the consumer to make healthier...

GK Point of View – David Laws on the Prime Minister’s survival

Perspective by David Laws, GK Adviser The issue of whether Boris Johnson can remain as PM is firmly back on the agenda. The Prime Minister faces multiple risks over the six months ahead, which include: the local election results; possible additional "partygate" fines; the release of the Sue Gray report; and now an investigation by the Privileges Committee. Any one of these could trigger events that would end the PM's time in...

GK Point of View: Energy Security Strategy

The Government has finally published its long-awaited Energy Strategy, against the backdrop of soaring global energy prices to improve the UK's energy independence. GK Strategy Consultant Sam Tankard takes a closer look.

Is tech political?

  It is not unreasonable to take the position that technology firms – at the cutting edge of innovation through new product and service development – should steer well away from the complex world of politics. However this overlooks the reality that the policy and regulatory decisions underpinning the sector’s operating environment are by their nature, political, and therefore engaging proactively with policymakers to help shape that future environment makes good business...