I Should've Known We'd Never Get Far

A Lodestone Political Note as Parliament rises for summer recess 21/07/17

Summer is here and, for Theresa May, it couldn’t have come soon enough.

 

Freedom’s Just Another Word For Nothing Left To Lose

A Lodestone Political Note reflecting on the state of the nation a month on from the General Election

"She is weak, subject to the whims and whimsies of Parliament. But she has a trump card to play. Her hidden strength comes from the success of Jeremy Corbyn."

 

Waterloo

A Lodestone political note on the 2017 General Election result.

"If the Prime Minister has not resigned by the time you read this note it is almost certain that she will face a challenge by the time you've finished."

 

No Expectations

The sixth in a weekly series of General Election briefing notes from Lodestone.

"But it is not simply Corbyn's relative robustness that has come as a surprise, it is also the Prime Minister's shyness. She has refused to engage directly with her opponent in a debate, cancelled interviews that look tricky and has sent trusted Ministers into battle rather than take up the sabre herself. This may not end up mattering much to voters, but it has further soured her relationship with the political commentariat and has harmed her reputation as a tough, 'bloody difficult' woman."

 

Don't Look Back in Anger

The fifth in a weekly series of General Election briefing notes from Lodestone.

"In the back of all our minds, lingering as frontbenchers battle it out on the airwaves and backbenchers panic in their constituencies, the big question will be: can we stop it from happening again? And if we could, would we be prepared to pay whatever toll that would take?"

 

What You Want, Baby I Got It

The fourth in a series of weekly General Election Briefing Notes from Lodestone.

The Conservative Party is pursuing a strategy that is - neatly - almost the direct reverse of Jeremy Corbyn's. Theresa May went into this election determined to achieve her own mandate and to throw off the shackles of Cameron's 2015 programme for Government. She believes that she will win, and win big

 

Tangled up in Blue

The third in a series of weekly General Election briefing notes from Lodestone.

Some close observers of the far-Left believe this leak was about shaping the narrative for after a defeat - in order to secure Corbyn's leadership (or that of a chosen successor) the Left will need to be able to tell a story of betrayal that excuses them their own role in losing to May.

 

Homeward Bound

The second in a series of weekly General Election briefing notes from Lodestone.

Unlike Corbyn and May, Tim Farron isn’t asking people to ‘come home’, he is asking them to take a holiday. Liberal, Remainer Tory? Come camp out in the Lib Dem hostel for homeless voters.

 

What's New Pussy Cat?

The first in a series of weekly General Election briefing notes from Lodestone.

Expect message discipline to reach dispiriting new heights in the coming week – for the PM, at least.

Running concurrently, of course, we will have variations on the famous ‘dead cat’ strategy – with Cabinet Ministers and outriders wheeled out to make outlandish statements that keep this election race focused unremittingly on the personality and politics of Jeremy Corbyn.

 

I Should've Known We'd Never Get Far

A Lodestone Political Note as Parliament rises for summer recess 21/07/17

Summer is here and, for Theresa May, it couldn’t have come soon enough.

Freedom’s Just Another Word For Nothing Left To Lose

A Lodestone Political Note reflecting on the state of the nation a month on from the General Election

"She is weak, subject to the whims and whimsies of Parliament. But she has a trump card to play. Her hidden strength comes from the success of Jeremy Corbyn."

Waterloo

A Lodestone political note on the 2017 General Election result.

"If the Prime Minister has not resigned by the time you read this note it is almost certain that she will face a challenge by the time you've finished."

No Expectations

The sixth in a weekly series of General Election briefing notes from Lodestone.

"But it is not simply Corbyn's relative robustness that has come as a surprise, it is also the Prime Minister's shyness. She has refused to engage directly with her opponent in a debate, cancelled interviews that look tricky and has sent trusted Ministers into battle rather than take up the sabre herself. This may not end up mattering much to voters, but it has further soured her relationship with the political commentariat and has harmed her reputation as a tough, 'bloody difficult' woman."

Don't Look Back in Anger

The fifth in a weekly series of General Election briefing notes from Lodestone.

"In the back of all our minds, lingering as frontbenchers battle it out on the airwaves and backbenchers panic in their constituencies, the big question will be: can we stop it from happening again? And if we could, would we be prepared to pay whatever toll that would take?"

What You Want, Baby I Got It

The fourth in a series of weekly General Election Briefing Notes from Lodestone.

The Conservative Party is pursuing a strategy that is - neatly - almost the direct reverse of Jeremy Corbyn's. Theresa May went into this election determined to achieve her own mandate and to throw off the shackles of Cameron's 2015 programme for Government. She believes that she will win, and win big

Tangled up in Blue

The third in a series of weekly General Election briefing notes from Lodestone.

Some close observers of the far-Left believe this leak was about shaping the narrative for after a defeat - in order to secure Corbyn's leadership (or that of a chosen successor) the Left will need to be able to tell a story of betrayal that excuses them their own role in losing to May.

Homeward Bound

The second in a series of weekly General Election briefing notes from Lodestone.

Unlike Corbyn and May, Tim Farron isn’t asking people to ‘come home’, he is asking them to take a holiday. Liberal, Remainer Tory? Come camp out in the Lib Dem hostel for homeless voters.

What's New Pussy Cat?

The first in a series of weekly General Election briefing notes from Lodestone.

Expect message discipline to reach dispiriting new heights in the coming week – for the PM, at least.

Running concurrently, of course, we will have variations on the famous ‘dead cat’ strategy – with Cabinet Ministers and outriders wheeled out to make outlandish statements that keep this election race focused unremittingly on the personality and politics of Jeremy Corbyn.

 

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I Should've Known We'd Never Get Far

A Lodestone Political Note as Parliament rises for summer recess 21/07/17

Summer is here and, for Theresa May, it couldn’t have come soon enough.

 

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Andy Carr

Communications Professional

"Lodestone have provided Hobsons with PR and public affairs advice that has been very beneficial to our business and public profile over the past three years. Lodestone’s understanding of the HE sector and the team's reach across the political spectrum has significantly helped when catering to the specific needs of Hobsons. Their expertise was particularly valuable in the promotion of our International Student Survey, securing extensive media coverage and multiple speaking opportunities."

 

Paul Raybould

Director of Marketing and Market Intelligence at Hobsons

"I have used Lodestone for communication advice for key industry talks and thought leadership pieces. The excellent preparation structure and coaching they provide enable me to focus on the message I want to deliver with full confidence on the delivery, style and content.”

 

Angus Bankes

Technology entrepreneur, Investor CEO at JustAddRedd, former CTO and founder of Moreover Technologies and former CIO of Skimlinks

“UPP Group have been working with Lodestone Communications since the business launched. As our strategic partner of choice for all communication and public affairs activity, Lodestone have proved instrumental in assisting the Group to effect a step change in the effective articulation of its business strategy to the Higher Education sector and Government. In developing a profound understanding of our business model - our aims and ambitions - Lodestone have proved themselves to be so much more than just a communications company.”

 

Jon Wakeford

Director of Strategy and Communications at UPP

“Lodestone provides MBDA with invaluable insight and strategic advice across the political spectrum on a range of issues. The Lodestone team's deep understanding of key sectors of the economy- including ours - allows them to guide MBDA through the political landscape from the highest level of government, the opposition parties and Parliament, ensuring that we are fully engaged with the issues critical to our organisation.”

 

Howard Borrington

Director of UK Government and Political Affairs at MBDA UK

“We are delighted with Lodestone’s work for RADA, and their conscientious and effective advice – their public consultation work was absolutely to the letter, which meant we engaged fully with all stakeholders and were well prepared for the planning hearing.”

 

Linda Garforth

Finance Director at RADA

“Under intense pressure from the media when staring down the lens of a broadcast camera, in a studio or at home on your own doorstep, everything you know can go out of the window. The Lodestone team know how to make sure you’re ready. Essential training for anyone involved in or likely to be called upon to speak publically in times of crisis.”

 

Andy Carr

Communications Professional

 

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