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With just two years to the next general Election, a Conservative-led Government that is fast recovering its focus has used this Queen’s Speech to clear the decks of unnecessary baggage in order to set clear legislative and political priorities for the next year. In what will be received as a very political approach to delivering the Queen’s Speech, the influence of Lynton Crosby is in clear evidence, his role having been brought into the Conservative machine being to sharpen their messaging in advance of the General Election.
A horse walks into a bar….why the long face, says the barman?
With the horsemeat scandal growing across Europe and regulators extending their testing of beef based products, is the food industry drinking in the last chance saloon? In this article, Liam McCloy, EMEA lead on Food, Beverage and Agriculture, looks at declining trust in the food industry and growing frustration from regulators and campaigning groups in its ability to govern its own affairs and operate responsibly.
The lesson of the beef scandal so far – and there will be many more to come- is that the supply chain, like any other chain, is only as strong as its weakest link. The same could be said for the on-line communications surrounding the scandal.
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2013: New Resolution?
We are still only in January but policy-watchers for the UK food industry will already be in need of a holiday after a flurry of early activity.
David Cameron today attempted to set out a positive case for a reformed EU in response to domestic pressure – not least from within his own party – on the need for action on the EU. He set out plans for an in/out referendum on the UK’s continued membership of the EU by the end of 2017.
January is the month of detoxification and austerity for us all, causing us to reflect upon the plight of the Conservative Party which has been attempting to do just that since 2010.
Policy Review Announcement
Last week, Labour published its consultative Policy Review: Children, Food and Obesity. It followed the announcement made by Shadow Health Secretary, Andy Burnham, in a Sunday Telegraph interview that he was considering a 30% cap on sugar in cereals to combat childhood obesity.
It was not as bad as most commentators were predicting – but it was still not very pretty. Osborne presented worse borrowing and growth figures than in March, and departed from one of his fiscal rules – that debt as a share of GDP should be falling by 15/16. The fact that the rule he departed from was widely viewed as meaningless – and the amount of further austerity he added was slightly less than some had been predicting – is scant consolation.
Tougher and Longer: “Austerity Britain” is here to stay
Tough times continue for Britain, with austerity economics now expected to last longer than previously predicted. That was the central proposition that Chancellor George Osborne set out today in the pre-budget statement, while dishing out sweeteners around the edges to dim the pain for families in the short-term.