Letter from… Paris

By Tanvi Jawadekar, Consultant, CLAI (Part of SEC Newgate) It has been nearly three months since the general confinement ended in France. In the early days of post-confinement, the country had collectively breathed a sigh of relief. Not simply because of the new-found sense of liberty, but also the dwindling cases of coronavirus contaminations. There was…

Covid scepticism takes hold of America

By Ian Silvera, Account Director If you vote Republican, watch Fox News and live in America, there’s a fairly high probability that you’re a Covid-19 skeptic. That is to say, you cast doubt over the official number of cases (4m) and deaths (140,000) the United States has endured.  A new Ipsos MORI/Axios poll found that more than…

Will fintech bounce back?

By Simon Gentry, Managing Partner Sync. is a multicurrency bank account aggregation and personal financial management service that has just closed a £5.5 million seed funding round.  The service allows customers to set up an account and link all their existing bank accounts and payment cards in minutes.  They are also able to exchange currencies…

Non-contact networking

By Alistair Kellie, Managing Partner Some of the more ‘experienced’ Hacks are saying that one of the toughest aspects of this pandemic is that they have been unable to network with Flaks and other contacts over a lunch or coffee.   Whilst in recent years the bottles of Picpoul have been replaced by Perrier (though not…

Improve test and trace or face second wave?

By Gareth Jones, Newgate Public Affairs Today saw the Government’s ‘test and trace’ programme back in the spotlight, along with two other contentious issues – the re-opening of schools and the prospect of a second wave. A study published in the Lancet this morning by academics from UCL and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical…

The return of spectator sport: The new Austerity Games?

By Tim Le Couilliard, Senior Executive Not since the Second World War has British life been so dramatically constrained as it has been during the lock-down. Yesterday marked the 72nd anniversary of one of the beacons of hope for post-war London; the opening of the 1948 London Olympic Games. The Games, the first held following the War’s 12-year hiatus, were dubbed…

Rapidly changing medical guidance challenges Government communications

By Simon Gentry, Newgate Public Affairs Imagine driving a car, fast, on a slick, wet surface, filled with obstacles.  You can’t slow down because the speed is regulated and whilst you’re driving, the passengers are screaming at you. Someone working closely with senior officials in Government used that analogy to describe what the last five…

Letter from… Scotland

“Lochdown” in the Highlands and Islands By Charlie Ansdell, Managing Partner Scotland’s always trodden a different path to its southern neighbour. When the Romans built a great wall under emperor Hadrian, it was to mark the extent of the Roman empire.  North of the wall – as in Game of Thrones – is a very…

Government and travel industry in disagreement over ‘quarantine roulette’

By Gareth Jones, Newgate Public Affairs The fallout from the UK’s decision to re-impose quarantine restrictions on arrivals from Spain continued today, with travel bosses coming out to criticise the Government’s policy of a blanket 14-day quarantine period and proposing alternatives to help rescue the UK’s travel and tourism industries.  With the prospect of more…