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David Laws’ take on the cabinet reshuffle

“Some reshuffles are about changing policy directions. Others are about chopping out the Cabinet “dead wood”. This one was about control – specifically, increasing the control over government from 10 Downing Street, including Boris Johnson’s powerful adviser, Dominic Cummings. Out went some senior ministers who Number 10 didn’t consider to be sufficiently “on side”. But the most significant move to “take control” was the insistence that Chancellor Sajid Javid should either...

How important are select committees and their new chairs?

As we wait for both Labour and the Liberal Democrats to complete their respective leadership elections, some other significant elections have taken place within the House of Commons recently. The chairs of the Commons select committees – the prominent cross-party groups of MPs that scrutinise the activity of each government department and other political issues – were confirmed at the end of last month. Alongside frontbench opposition MPs, committee chairs are some of the highest-profile...

The New Conservative Government: the current political landscape

The 2019 general election has led to several big changes in how Parliament and Government will do business over the next five years. What are they, and what do they mean for businesses affected by policy and regulatory change who want to make their voice in Westminster and Whitehall? The Conservatives’ victory in December – securing them the largest parliamentary majority of any single-party government for more than a decade – means that the way in which businesses engage with...

How the Conservative majority will change political risk for investors

The Conservatives’ majority of 80 seats has removed one of the biggest political risks to investors. A hung parliament, let alone a Labour administration, will remain a distant possibility. The Prime Minister no longer needs to tread carefully to win votes in the Commons. Yet, the actions of this single-party government – the first significant majority in the UK for over a decade – will be more complex to forecast. The dynamics of Parliament and politics have changed...

Does trust matter in politics?

Does the issue of trust matter in politics anymore? Is our endorsement of a political party or candidate dependent on attributing some degree of trust towards them? Or do emotive messages and idealistic policies override whether any of it will be implemented? Consider the parallel worlds of business and consumerism. We engage with brands and products that we trust. We often work and form productive relationships with people we trust. Our networks are made of people we can trust. In...

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GK Strategy 3rd Dec, 2019 Insight
Politics , UK Politics
1 min read

Breaking all the rules

Both Labour and the Conservatives have made major announcements on their respective economic policies in the early days of the 2019 general election campaign. Much of this has centred on the fiscal rules that a Government led by either party would follow – essentially, how each party would account for its public spending and taxation plans. Both parties are proposing significant changes to the UK’s current framework for public spending over the next few years, but what are they and what do...

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...

Weak pound and economic uncertainty: an opportunity for US investors?

With uncertainty over Brexit continuing to hit investor confidence and the “Pound on a rollercoaster” in the currency markets, there has been a noticeable slowdown in deal volume in the domestic M&A market whilst people wait for a resolution...

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GK Strategy 23rd Oct, 2019 Insight
Brexit , Investment , investors , UK Politics
2 min read