Westminster Watch

Westminster Watch

On the eve of the Scottish referendum, Mark Hatcher reflects on politics either side of the border and conference season for all parties. When Tip O’Neill, the former... read more

Westminster Watch

Mark Hatcher reviews the recent government reshuffle and its implications for the Bar. The government reshuffle which took place in mid-July – almost 52 years to the day... read more

Westminster Watch

In his first column for Counsel, Mark Hatcher examines the newly opened Parliamentary session and the business ahead. As the beginning of the holiday season approaches, MPs... read more

Westminster Watch - May 2014

In his last column, Toby Craig reports on an action-packed month in Westminster and the deal with the criminal Bar. If a week is a long time in politics, then four years in... read more

Westminster Watch – April 2014

Toby Craig contemplates the familiar story behind the recent further reductions to the criminal legal budget. And so, on 27 February, after months of consultation,... read more

Westminster Watch – March 2014

Rain, rain, go away.... Toby Craig reviews a wet, windy and eventful month for those in Westminster. It never rains but it pours... read more

Westminster Watch - February 2014

Toby Craig examines our relationship both with and within Europe and the impact on political debate. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the start of the Great War.... read more

Westminster Watch – January 2014

Toby Craig reflects on the life of Nelson Mandela and his contribution to the political landscape. In a pithy sentence, Barack Obama masterfully captured the essence of... read more

Westminster Watch - December 2013

End of term report. As 2013 draws to a close, Toby Craig reviews the past 12 months in Westminster. As the finishing touches are applied to the 2013 review shows and we... read more

Westminster Watch - November 2013

Drinking in the Last Chance Saloon; Toby Craig asks if press regulation is now an inevitability. Party conferences and a bit of feng shui in the form of a pretty unexciting... read more