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  • Television: Life beyond the wasteland

    Every August Bank Holiday the television industry travels North to spend a few days talking about itself. The centrepiece of the Edinburgh Television Festival is the Mactaggart lecture, this year being delivered by Eric Schmidt of Google. To the neutral observer this has to be good news. It breaks the cycle of lectures which one […]

    Picking Public Fights

    David Cameron and Ed Miliband are picking high profile fights to define their leadership. The PM and Labour leader made major speeches on “broken Britain” as they try to better define the men they are. Mr Cameron is aiming at the teaching unions and police chiefs – but is keen to support teachers and police officers […]

    Europe needs a leader. It should have chosen one when it had the chance.

    Stock markets tumble, the banks are in crisis and Europe cries out for direction. “We don’t know who is in charge” says former Italian prime minister Romano Prodi. EU leaders should be reminded that they have only got themselves to blame. Two years ago they had the chance to put someone in place who could […]

    Growth, schools and welfare – the Autumn offensive

    Team Cameron is busy planning an Autumn onslaught on education, welfare and the spirit of business designed to put fire in the bellies of the Tories. Key advisors are working up ideas to provide the PM with a programme of issues on which to focus in the run-up to Christmas. I’d expect to see the PM […]

    The Coalition Government’s End of Term Report

    A collection of public affairs professionals brought together by Portland have given David Cameron a solid B for his performance as PM this year. The Premier was seen as having put in a steady but slightly below par 12 months, according to the group of government relations experts. But Mr Cameron’s End of Term report […]

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