Iain Anderson
Iain is Director of Cicero Group, a global financial services public policy consultancy.
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Budget Blues - Not for George

(5) Comments | Posted July 8, 2015 | 9:13 AM

Radical and reforming - always good words to be associated with any politician.

Well George Osborne will have those epithets in spades in days to come following one of the most action packed Budget announcements in years.

Osborne 'unbound' used his Budget Statement today to claim the mantle of 'One...

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Is It Still the 'Shy' Tories That Will Change the Polls?

(5) Comments | Posted April 28, 2015 | 5:49 AM

Is this 1974? Are we about to see a one term Conservative PM defeated in an election in which Labour runs a better campaign.

Or is it 1992 - and there are 'shy' Tories just confounding all the technology and analysis current polling models can capture.

Certainly the comparison with...

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Its Devo Max... Stupid!

(4) Comments | Posted April 14, 2015 | 6:11 AM

For all the heat and light - the latest polling numbers in Scotland continue to show a huge wave of support for the SNP in this Westminster election.

While it feels like the Scottish party leaders have been debating each other to death - I know it feels like that...

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The Comeback Kid?

(1) Comments | Posted March 18, 2015 | 10:05 AM

'Walking tall again' was the opening sentiment out of George Osborne's Budget box today.

And with macroeconomic numbers going in his direction he looked taller politically today.

Just three years ago the Chancellor presided over the 'omnishambles' Budget which gave Labour its lead in the opinion polls. A lead which...

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The UK Is A-Changin'

(3) Comments | Posted September 18, 2014 | 7:00 PM

Change is coming across the UK.

The only poll worth watching was the final one.

While commentators, business and markets have twitched and twittered with the gyrations of #indyref polls in the past month - NO has won this referendum by a clear margin.

While David Cameron will breathe a...

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A Budget for Those Who Really WILL Vote

(0) Comments | Posted March 19, 2014 | 10:12 AM

The Chancellor's Budget box has been SO leaky in recent times. This time there was real surprise.

After decades of pensions and savings policy being the 'Cinderella' of Treasury priorities - George Osborne today unleashed reforms for the thrifty that are bound to capture the imagination of the very voters...

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The Long Term Plan - Heard It Before?

(0) Comments | Posted December 4, 2013 | 11:38 AM

So we have it - pre-packed and pre-announced all week - the "Long Term Plan".

That's set to be the central narrative from the Chancellor in his Autumn Statement. From the Prime Minister down - Coalition voices have been turning the volume up on this idea all week. And it's...

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The Calculated Autumn Statement Ahead

(0) Comments | Posted November 29, 2013 | 6:00 PM

Much has been written lately about the way the body politic is adjusting to the reality of fixed- term parliaments.

It is true that if a week is a long time in politics then five years has begun to feel like an eternity.

However, amid the...

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Spending Review: Hope and Austerity

(2) Comments | Posted June 26, 2013 | 9:45 AM

The Chancellor is widely recognised as a highly effective political operator. After today he continues to be so.

He must be hoping that the £100billion of infrastructure spending that his deputy, Danny Alexander, will announce on Thursday will be able to contain some of the backlash from the Spending Round...

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Banking Reform - Where Next?

(2) Comments | Posted June 19, 2013 | 10:38 AM

The Banking Commission's report Changing Banking for Good has finally arrived.

Was it a surprise? Given how much of its content has been trailed in the media for the last 10 days, there wasn't perhaps much new left for us to read.

The extent of the leaking, and the...

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The World Will Be Watching Washington

(1) Comments | Posted April 15, 2013 | 7:00 PM

As we approach the annual spring meetings of the World Bank and IMF this weekend in Washington, there remains significant uncertainty around the globe on economic growth and the soundness of our financial system.

Events in Cyprus, continual sluggish growth in the eurozone, the threat of a global currency...

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Cyprus - The Thin End of the Wedge?

(8) Comments | Posted March 19, 2013 | 7:00 PM

The reaction of the Cypriot people to their planned bank bailout has been exemplary so far.

Democratic, non violent protest which lawmakers in Cyprus and across Europe have had no choice but to listen to.

And thank goodness they are - at last - listening to the voters.

It cannot...

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Four Parties - Four Key Lessons From Eastleigh

(21) Comments | Posted March 1, 2013 | 3:07 AM

Small political earthquake in Hampshire - that's that tone of much of the commentary about the Eastleigh by election on Friday.

And it's fair comment too.

It was hardly surprising all three main parties wanted a rapid poll. The circumstances which created the poll were dreadful for the Lib Dems...

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The UK Must Remain at the EU Table - the PM is Right

(17) Comments | Posted January 23, 2013 | 3:47 AM

If you were at all unsure about David Cameron's commitment on IN or OUT of the EU - you only needed to listen or read some of the Prime Minister's closing words in this most hyped of speeches.

"If we left the EU it would be a one way ticket...

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What Happened to the End of 2012?

(6) Comments | Posted December 26, 2012 | 6:00 PM

Is it me - or don't you just feel that 2012 is going out with a whimper rather than a bang?

As I write this the world is supposed to have ended. While Mayan observers predicted the end of the world on 21 December, it seems many Britons went into...

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Continental Drift - Political Risks Ahead

(1) Comments | Posted December 20, 2012 | 6:00 PM

Many of the risks in the year ahead could be the result of what might be characterised as drift.

This applies in two senses: First, a lack of leadership and political will that leaves nations and regions without a clear strategy to solve serious long-term challenges. And second, in...

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Super PACs - A Waste of Time?

(2) Comments | Posted November 9, 2012 | 6:00 PM

Im just back from Washington and a week up close and personal with US politics.

Fo me the US electoral results, at least on a macro, national level, showed a rejection of super PAC politics. More money was spent in this campaign than any other before.

And, with the...

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Sandy has Changed the Terms of the US Debate

(1) Comments | Posted November 2, 2012 | 8:23 AM

I'm spending the last few days of the US Campaign in Washington and New York.

Washington - politically becalmed. New York - the eye of this storm.

While all my travels plans have been working fine [Amtrak is returning to normal today on the Washington to New York line] -...

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The New Capitalism - Doing Good While Making a Profit

(6) Comments | Posted October 16, 2012 | 7:00 PM

To what extent should banking be a metaphor for how our society works? Should finance be run like a business in the interest of its shareholders? Or is it such a significant wealth provider that it must or should be done in the social 'good'?

In a climate of...

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Heartstrings and Pursetrings - Dave's 'Big' Appeal to Britain

(5) Comments | Posted October 10, 2012 | 7:43 AM

An appeal to wallet, heart and flag - the cornerstone of David Cameron's message to the Tory faithful in Brum - in the heart of Middle Britain.

This week the Prime Minister discovered the 'strivers'. They used to be called 'blue collar' Britain. The complaint has been he has not...

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