2021 budget options

The budget on 3rd March is Rishi Sunak’s first chance to ‘make his mark’ on fiscal policy. To date he has been spreading the cash around, with the furlough scheme, discounted meals in restaurants, and an uplift to Universal Credit. He’s considered by many to be the most popular minister in the Cabinet and the […]

Johnson’s Brexit dilemma

Poor Boris Johnson. He’s finally got the job he’s hankered for the whole of his life, at the worst possible moment and in the most difficult of circumstances. With a hearing at the Supreme Court scheduled for this week to review his decision to prorogue Parliament for an extended period, and being ’empty podiumed’ by […]

The next general election

Whatever happens with Brexit, it seems likely – and apologies if you are a political journalist or activist – that we are heading for an early general election, probably later this year. What does that mean for the three main UK parties, two of which are likely to see a change in leader? Conservatives I […]

May’s Brexit offer to Corbyn

Yesterday evening, Theresa May stood in front of the lectern at Downing Street and effectively said ‘help me Jeremy Corbyn, you’re my only hope’. Desperate to get some form of deal through Parliament, and with her colleagues deserting her, she thinks the only way forward is to replace Conservative votes with Labour ones. At first […]

The final weeks of Brexit?

As Theresa May once again failed to get her deal through the Commons, the UK is now set to crash out of the EU on 12th April without a deal, and without a plan for what happens next. The indicative votes that weren’t Despite MPs seizing control of Commons business – a disaster for the […]

Where next for Brexit?

Theresa May asked EU leaders for an extension to the exit day of 29th March and was offered a fairly derisory choice: get your deal through Parliament and you have until 22nd May, otherwise you have until 12th April. All that faff and we’ve gained a couple of weeks, with the following suggestions for ways […]