3 misconceptions about the 2019 general election

Although the contest to enter Number 10 is in its infancy, there are already a number of dominant narratives beginning to take shape – and perhaps mistakenly so. 'Boris Johnson is heading for a majority' Despite Jeremy Corbyn stating that Labour have been ready for an election ever since the last, the party has long given the impression it is running scared of an...

Capitalism Overthrown? : Understanding Labour’s economic policy

GK Strategy are delighted to announce the launch of our second Labour report, Capitalism Overthrown?: understanding Labour's economic policy. Click here to read Capitalism Overthrown?: understanding Labour's economic policy. Following on from our successful Labour report, What Would Jeremy Do?, in which we broadly looked at what...

When government policy provides value creation opportunities

Across the spectrum of due diligence there is, understandably, a focus on risk identification and assessment. This is also true for political, policy and regulatory due diligence, with PE deal-teams interested in whether and how Brexit or a Corbyn government could pose risks to an asset’s business model or key markets. But private equity and their companies are increasingly interested in how political and regulatory changes can drive market opportunities. Our due diligence is moving away...

What we’ve learned from Labour conference

It’s safe to say this was a Labour party conference unlike any other, with more disruption and changes of schedule than a Southern rail service. Amidst the confusion and grumblings over the party’s Brexit position though, there was debate, innovative policies and a positivity that Labour will have a transformative manifesto capable of winning the next election. GK were on the ground at conference and our key takeaways from the South Coast are: The mood in the party is as...

Decision time for HS2: another victim of the UK’s infrastructure failings

Ten years since it was first launched, with £7.4bn already spent and yet another review announced, the benefits of HS2 are being questioned once again. Whilst arguments in favour of HS2 have remained unchanged for a decade – reduced travel times will boost the national economy and drive regional growth – the economic, technological and societal context have changed almost unrecognisably since 2009. It is a depressingly...

logo
GK Strategy 17th Sep, 2019 Insight
uk , Politics , UK Politics , HS2 , infrastructure
2 min read

Engaging with the Conservative Party’s new policy forums

Since barrelling into Number 10 and laying down the law with civil servants, fellow special advisers and junior ministers in his first week, Dominic Cummings has given the impression that he alone is running the government. His ‘one strike and you’re out’ policy for leaks has already been widely derided, with an immediate leak from a dazed Spad last week confirming that...

Can MPs stop a no-deal Brexit?

“There will be opportunities for us when parliament returns in September to stop no-deal”. The words of Shadow Health Secretary Jonathan Ashworth echo what many MPs have publicly stated as they seek to advert a no-deal Brexit. Is this true? Well, that is far from certain. It is true that Parliament has plenty of options to break the resistance of a Prime Minister committed to a no-deal Brexit, including revoking Article 50, declaring no confidence in the sitting Prime Minister,...

logo
Jack Sansum 20th Aug, 2019 Insight
Brexit , Politics , UK Politics
2 min read

It’s time for conservatives to lead on climate change

In the UK, climate change has traditionally been seen as an issue most closely aligned with the left – perhaps not surprising given that many proposed measures for tackling climate change involve large scale state involvement, significant restriction on business activity and limits to individual consumption. Under Theresa May, this started to change, but a new Government means the trajectory for UK climate policy remains uncertain. By failing to take radical action on climate change and...