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Iain is Director of Cicero Group, a global financial services public policy consultancy.
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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

(2) 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?

(9) 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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One Nation Ed - Has He Grabbed it Away From the Tories Forever?

(8) Comments | Posted October 2, 2012 | 10:40 AM

No notes, no autocue - today in Manchester we got the 'real' Ed not Red Ed.

A Labour leader evoking Disraeli? Wow!

In one of the most powerful party conference speeches in recent years - Ed Miliband reminded me of the powerful oratory David Cameron employed in 2005 and 2007...

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Party Conferences - The Toughest Audience Will Be Stting in the Hall

(1) Comments | Posted September 20, 2012 | 7:00 PM

Just what is the authentic voice of the party members anymore at conference?

With only two party conference seasons left after this year's gathering before the General Election - Conservatives are getting increasingly nervous about whether or not Plan A will work in time for the next poll.

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All Change, but No Change

(0) Comments | Posted September 5, 2012 | 3:55 AM

David Cameron's first cabinet reshuffle since the General Election is marked by the continuity at the top of Government.

There is no change at the top (George Osborne, William Hague, Teresa May, Philip Hammond and Vincent Cable all stay in place) but this was the approach we always knew would...

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#HomeAdvantage - You Bet There Is

(1) Comments | Posted August 5, 2012 | 4:38 AM

No doubt in my mind - I have witnessed Britain's best sporting day ever.

So lucky to be in the Olympic Stadium on 4 August 2012 - I sang my heart out with 80,000 others to the National Anthem as Jess Ennis received her Heptathlon Gold.

I shouted as far...

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A Nation at Ease With Itself

(2) Comments | Posted July 27, 2012 | 8:42 PM

Danny Boyle will etch himself on my life and the lives of millions in the UK.

His panoramic sweep of Britain was masterful in directing the Olympic Opening Ceremony.

He showcased a confident Britain that has brought to the world - agriculture, industry, sports, music, art - hey the world...

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