Is the nation’s political character shifting?

In keeping with today’s unpredictable political landscape across the Western world, Thursday’s General Election produced yet another shock result. Just a few short weeks ago, before campaigning really got into gear, Theresa May and her Conservatives enjoyed a huge...

France votes

In this year of elections, it’s interesting to take stock of the first-round results of the French poll delivered on Sunday. With the youthful centrist Emmanuel Macron taking the lead versus Marine Le Pen and now with strong endorsement from banished left and right...

Three cheers for stability

Three cheers for stability 8 Mar 2017 Policy area: Property tax, Regeneration and development Ion Fletcher summarises the policy announcements (or comparative lack thereof) in this year’s Budget. The Chancellor showed little sign of backsliding on his promise to...

Greece looms large

Confounding ‘experts’ everywhere, the twin impacts of Brexit and the election of Donald Trump in America have so far failed to derail the post-financial crisis economic recovery in the UK. Earlier this month the Bank of England again raised its growth forecast for...

Will White Paper reforms plug housing short-fall?

Yesterday saw the release of the long delayed and much anticipated government White Paper on housing. The report, delivered in a statement to Parliament by Communities Secretary Sajid Javid, represents a cornerstone of Theresa May’s agenda to improve outcomes...

The Trump Paradox: Populism, Globalism and Inequality.

Donald Trump enters the White House as the least popular new President in modern history. With an approval rating barely touching 40%, an inauguration apparently sparsely attended and global protests highlighting fears about racism, women’s rights, nationalism and...

PM’s address sheds little light on strategy

Theresa May’s much heralded speech on Britain’s negotiation to leave the EU produced little we didn’t already know but did provide a 12 point framework outlining, perhaps in idealised form, the major aims and objectives. The speech would have pleased...

Is the ceiling crashing in on buy-to-let?

Unlike a pension, you’ll be able to access cash before retirement, though unless this is to buy a first property there will be an exit penalty applied. The Lisa has sparked concern that young savers will be tempted by the lure of property cash and opt out of workplace...

Autumn Statement 2016

Autumn Statement Key Outputs The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond, has today presented his first Autumn Statement to Parliament. The Autumn Statement was the Chancellor’s first opportunity to outline his priorities for taxes and spending in the wake of the...