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Politics in crisis: the role of the polls

Polls are taking on a life of their own. It isn’t their fault.

10 November 2016 · Leave a comment

Quirky, inclusive, positive: The New Day

A surprisingly fresh read

29 February 2016 · Leave a comment

Sorry, your Majesty. Crossrail should be named the Johnson line

Crossrail needs a new muse. Step forward Mr Johnson. Not that Mr Johnson.

23 February 2016 · 1 Comment

Hardworking may be the hardest word

Take a trip to the centre of Manchester between now and Wednesday and you may be greeted with this sight: That’s right. A hotel saying it’s for the hardworking – … Continue reading

29 September 2013 · 1 Comment

10 thoughts on Ed Miliband’s speech to the Labour conference

It’s time to ditch the ‘speaking without notes’ gimmick. Last year, it was fresh and unexpected. This year, I’m not sure that the hours of practice couldn’t have been better … Continue reading

25 September 2013 · 2 Comments

What should we call Crossrail?

Sunday’s Telegraph contained an article by the Mayor of London claiming credit for Crossrail (if I remember correctly, funding was secured in 2007, before his term of office began) and … Continue reading

4 June 2013 · 4 Comments

How London’s underground lines were named

London’s tube lines are unusual – they have names. Not for Londoners the relative humdrum of ‘line 4’ or ‘the red line’ (though our lines have colours too). But a … Continue reading

3 June 2013 · 4 Comments

Margaret Thatcher vs British Airways: a tale of tailfin trauma

The final instalment of our Margaret Thatcher trilogy focuses on brand. Every brand is owned by its customers. This makes life hard for brand managers, but the challenge is most … Continue reading

22 April 2013 · 1 Comment