Portland’s Annual Policy Review 2012 – organised by James O’Shaughnessy, chief policy adviser at Portland and former director for policy for Prime Minister David Cameron – warns of major challenges ahead for the Tory and Liberal Democrat Coalition partners.
Following the fall-out from the Government’s withdrawal of legislation to reform the House of Lords, David Cameron and Nick Clegg were reported to have ordered a mini review of progress against the 2010 Coalition agreement and what is left to achieve.
Before the official version can appear, Portland has taken a line-by-line approach to present to politicians and voters a comprehensive view of how the government measures up against its own objectives.
The major findings of our Review are:
Minister for Government Policy Oliver Letwin has provided a foreword to the review, and Portland staff have contributed essays looking at twelve policy areas. They identify the Government’s achievements, where it has fallen short, and where events have intruded onto the planned project.
James O’Shaughnessy’s introduction to the Review sets out five lessons for future policy-making from the first half of this Parliament:
James O’Shaughnessy said
“Every government has ups and downs. This one is no different. Most of them will be forgotten if the Government gets the big decisions right by 2015, and that’s what this Review looks at. The quality of its content reflects the insights for which Portland and its staff are renowned.”
Tim Allan, Portland’s Managing Director, said
“What Portland’s clients want to know is where the Government is going. Our team, led by James, have shown they can answer that with confidence.”
Oliver Letwin, in his foreword, says
“The remarkable thing about this Coalition Government is that the scale of ambition remains undiminished despite all of the economic difficulties under which Britain and the world labour.”
* The Portland Policy Review is the result of contributions from a range of staff across the company. Opinions and analysis in each of the essays reflect only the views of the individuals who authored them.
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