A second wave of pessimism

By Ian Silvera, Account Director Maybe it’s the way Patrick Swayze’s character treated Keanu Reeves (aka Johnny Utah) in Point Break or that ice cream sundae that came shooting back up during a stomach-churning boat trip in Majorca, I’ve always had a strong aversion to second waves and that’s why recent Covid-19-related reports have been somewhat anxiety…

It’s a commentary of two halves

By Dan Clay, Managing Partner, Newgate Research UK An interesting report was published earlier this week describing the results of a study by a Danish research firm (RunRepeat) into the live, English-language commentary from 80 games across Premier League, Serie A, La Liga and Ligue 1. Over 2,000 comments were analysed, alongside the players these comments were…

Super Trouper Swedes sour

By Ian Silvera, Account Director The Swedes are no longer shining like the sun or smiling, having fun when it comes to their government’s handling of the Covid-19 crisis.  The Scandinavian nation, formerly best known for meatballs, ABBA and flat-pack furniture, has become famous the world over for taking a rather laid-back – almost horizontal…

Plotting a course through the fog of Covid

By Jake Pryszlak, Associate Partner Business, governments and individuals have all taken dramatic action in the face of COVID-19. Change has been delivered with speed and at a scale we have never seen before.  It may be in common parlance to say we delivered five years’ change in five weeks but when you are moving…

This nation disapproves

By Ian Silvera, Account Director Boris Johnson’s new administration, which once saw heady approval ratings of 59%, is no longer in the net satisfaction game.  Somewhere between the 16th and 18th of May, and most interestingly before The Mirror and The Guardian broke the news on the 22nd of May that the Prime Minister’s top…

Aussies reset to the ‘new normal’

By Ian Silvera, Account Director The cardboard cutouts will soon be replaced with real-life fans at ‘the footie’ as Australia continues to ease its lockdown restrictions and rugby league attendance is put back on the agenda, albeit at a capacity of 25%.  The arguably rougher and tougher version of the rugby code, which was popularised in working-class…

Australia shows the challenges faced in reopening borders

By Tom Carnegie, Consultant Australia is one of the lucky countries that has managed to get on top of COVID 19 early. As the nation continues to relax its restrictive measures, one major issue is the freedom of travel both domestically and internationally. Newgate Australia has polled 1,224 Australians and found that the majority support…

Lockdown hitting hardest those already in financial trouble

By Dan Clay, Head of Newgate Research UK As much of Europe and North America continues to re-open and look to resuscitate their ailing economies, the UK remains largely paralysed, with Government cautiously lifting a lock-down which the majority of the British public still support retaining.  This has been a brutal couple of months. The…

We know where you are

By Jake Pryszlak, Associate Partner Do you ever think about the type of data that is being taken from your phone every minute?  90% of apps are automatically set up to transfer information back to Google which is staggering when you think of the number of apps that exist. The UK Coronavirus app for example,…

Cautious optimism as Australians pour post-lockdown schooners

By Jamie Williams, Senior Executive As the global economy begins to wake up from this nightmare, concerns over a deep global recession are rife. Whilst we know we are in for a recession, the business pages are filled with predictions on its length and depth. U, V or L shaped graphs may spring to mind. …