Is the Economics of Music Streaming Inquiry’s report just another broken record?

Is the Economics of Music Streaming Inquiry’s report just another broken record?

The Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee recently published their long-awaited report into the Economics of Music Streaming. But will the Government hear the music?

The report received over 300 submissions of evidence and, in a climate when live music has been on hold, artists prevented from performing, and musicians on furlough, the industry has been awaiting the Committee’s response with bated breath.

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Sophie Brownlee
Sophie Brownlee
The 2021 local elections – high stakes and unsure fates

The 2021 local elections – high stakes and unsure fates

With their 2020 counterparts postponed a year due to the COVID crisis, the 2021 local elections have become an unexpected bumper edition of the UK’s usual annual democratic process. With many areas of the UK going to the polls, the elections are important in determining who is running Scotland, Wales, and many cities and council areas across England, and as a major snapshot of the mood of the country.

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Luca Ingrassia
The difficult second album – first look at the Labour manifesto

The difficult second album – first look at the Labour manifesto

Many around the Labour leader credit the 2017 General Election manifesto for limiting the scale of Corbyn’s defeat at that election and their strategy for the 2019 election has placed huge stock in the ability of this manifesto to reframe the campaign. This has been matched by the bold claims the party has made for it, describing it as “the most radical, hopeful, people-focused plan in modern times”. There are undoubtedly significant policy announcements here, many of which are likely to be significant whoever wins the election, but Labour strategists will judge its success by the extent that it shifts the election debate. They have sought to achieve this by a dramatic hardening of tone. Corbyn’s rhetoric has always had a clear ‘us versus them’ dimension but his remarks today place considerably more emphasis on confronting ‘them’, going as far as to welcome the ‘hatred’ of the rich and powerful.

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Dan Simpson
Dan Simpson
Election preview – expect the unexpected

Election preview – expect the unexpected

This is the election where anything could happen. The Conservative Party has a strong poll lead and are favourites at the bookies, but as we know from past experience, there is a long way to go.  Election debates, battle buses, controversies and wall to wall media coverage stand between us and our next government. Remember Theresa May’s disastrous manifesto launch which saw her commanding lead melt away in 2017? There are key moments in every election.  In 2015, Ed Miliband lost his battle with a bacon sandwich and with it, his battle for Number 10.  In 2010, the “I agree with Nick” debates were a breakthrough for the Lib Dems.  Those with longer memories may remember John Prescott’s punch in 2001, or even Jennifer’s ear in 1992. There are 37 days to go.  Expect the unexpected.

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Andy Sawford
Andy Sawford
Influencing strategies in uncertain times

Influencing strategies in uncertain times

In unprecedented times of uncertainty, it can be overwhelming for organisations to navigate their influencing strategy. Here at Stratagem we can help you cut through the noise that can distract from the opportunities.

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Anna Mercer
Anna Mercer
Why the government needs an apprenticeships and skills minister

Why the government needs an apprenticeships and skills minister

Like it or not, Boris’s government has given a new life to the Conservative Party. The recent Cabinet appointments, controversial as some may be, have put the Conservatives at a 10-point lead in some polls and it looks like we’re powering full steam ahead for a No Deal exit.

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Anne Mirkovic
Anne Mirkovic
General Election this Autumn

General Election this Autumn

Boris’s purge has seen some poor and underperforming Ministers leave government.  Who will set the new benchmark for incompetence now that Chris Grayling is out of Cabinet?
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Andy Sawford
Andy Sawford
All-women shortlists: remaking the case

All-women shortlists: remaking the case

Florence Woodrow sets out a defence of all-female shortlists.

The UK remains in the midst of Brexit uncertainty. Much to the frustration of all sides of the debate, Parliament has been unable to reach a consensus on the best way forward and it is becoming increasingly apparent that a general election may be the only way to break the deadlock. Brexit has widened divisions in the UK and a more representative system is needed to heal the deep wounds in the British psyche.
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Lora Shopova
About bloody time

About bloody time

Isabella Hunter-Fajardo explores the recent announcements on menstrual wellbeing and period poverty.

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Armistice 100: how the government has remembered World War One

Armistice 100: how the government has remembered World War One

Over the last four years the government has quietly and successfully delivered a four-year programme built around the UK’s turbulent relationship with continental Europe. Read more

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