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March 30th 2023
Why I chose a B Corp accredited political consultancy – and you should too
One of the most powerful but unusual traits in politics is consistency. The public responds to people who look like they might actually do what they say they’ll do. Unfortunately, this just as often leads to the election of ‘straight talking’ people (usually men) who simply tell whoever’s in the room what they want to hear.
Consultancies advising clients on how to engage and interact with the political process must therefore make frequent decisions about who to advise, and how to advise them, and for what purpose. There is serious temptation for boards and executives – whether in the public, private or social sector – simply to mirror back the inconsistent, irrational behaviour they see in the political sphere.
September 10th 2014
*This note was commissioned from a SNP insider and Lodestone Associate Scotland moving towards independence is part of long process. The SNP was formed in 1934 but it wasn’t until the late 60s that an...
August 22nd 2014
Out in the Cold
Scottish Referendum - 18 September 2014 *This note was commissioned from a Scottish Labour insider and Lodestone Associate Summary Scottish independence would mean: - a new currency - initially 'sterlingisation', the unilateral adoption of the...
July 17th 2014
The Final Countdown
The deckchairs on Mr. Cameron’s Titanic were not so much rearranged as entirely re-upholstered this week, as he sought to put in place a top team fit for a general election. Many have described the...
May 23rd 2014
Not London Calling
Why do people vote UKIP? That is going to be the take-home question from today’s local election results – and, indeed, from the Europeans which will be announced over the weekend. It is clear now...
March 19th 2014
'The cook, the thief, his wife and her lover'
George Osborne’s Budget was his attempt to balance his fiscal conservatism against Robert Halfon’s call for the Tories to remodel themselves as ‘The Worker’s Party’. Working class leisure - from beer to bingo – was...
March 1st 2014
Eastleigh is a political disaster for the Conservative Party and has plunged backbenchers (especially those in marginal seats) into despair. The fractious relationships at the top of both Coalition parties threaten both Clegg and Cameron...