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  • The Special Relationship Revisited

    The Special Relationship – most of us who live in the United Kingdom are quite familiar with this phrase and identify with it to characterise the bond we share with the United States. As an American who has lived in London for three years, there is a certain attachment to, and appreciation of, this relationship. […]

    Tim Allan introduces the latest edition of the Portland Quarterly

    Portland now has offices in New York, Nairobi and London – something I never imagined when I set up the company ten years ago. But the global nature of our work takes us well beyond these places. In recent months, our team has travelled the world advising corporations, governments and NGOs on five continents. This […]

    DSK KO’d

    The arrest of Dominique Strauss-Kahn on Saturday in New York has had the effect of a political cataclysm in France. Opposition leader Martine Aubry, one of DSK’s closest allies, described the news as a “thunderbolt” on Sunday. This quickly turned into a hurricane when the world saw one of its most powerful figures led handcuffed […]

    What now for the Lib Dems?

    This has been a bad week to be a Liberal Democrat by any standards. Big losses in the local elections were accompanied by rumours of internal strife for Nick Clegg. Worst of all was defeat in the AV referendum, which has effectively closed the door for at least this Parliament on the electoral reform debate. […]

    Business as usual for the Coalition

    David Cameron has ordered his lieutenants to carry on business as usual to ensure the Coalition survives after last week’s LibDem disaster. The PM has reminded those around him the aim of the Coalition is to rescue Britain’s economy from ruin. He is determined to carry on governing with Nick Clegg his deputy and LibDem […]

    A little local difficulty

    Trouble is brewing on the Tory backbenches as David Cameron lines up for perhaps the toughest year of this Parliament. The PM needs distractions like a hole in the head as he prepares to fight the “hard yards” of 2012. This will be the darkest period for the Coalition – when demands for an economic […]

    The AV referendum – does Twitter care?

    In case you’ve missed it, a referendum with the potential to dramatically reform the British voting system is taking place tomorrow. The vote on switching from First Past The Post to the Alternative Vote system has failed to excite the imaginations of the electorate, to put it mildly. It’s true to say the public debate […]

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