Tom Wadsworth
Tom Wadsworth is a public affairs and communications consultant with MHP, who has a particular interest in infrastructure. He gets irritated by a lack of big picture thinking from business, media and the Government (and by writing about himself in the third person). Tom’s also an avid viewer of and participant in a variety of sports, meaning he’s very fond of sporting analogies.

Entries by Tom Wadsworth

David Cameron or Ed Miliband - Who's the Alex Ferguson of British Politics?

(0) Comments | Posted 14 January 2014 | (17:00)

There are some key factors in building successful teams in politics, sport and business - and Ed Miliband might be stealing a march on David Cameron in one area.

Successful sports teams are often long in gestation: Sir Clive Woodard's Rugby World Cup winning team of 2003 first had to...

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Clowns to the Left, Jokers to the Right, We're Stuck in the Middle

(0) Comments | Posted 26 February 2013 | (13:16)

Faced with a choice of a sensible but uninspiring technocratic government, an even duller left winger and a clown (on the right this time), a quarter of Italian voters went for a joker.

We shouldn't be too smug about this in the UK. Our...

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Osborne's Growth Plan Looks Like an Election strategy

(0) Comments | Posted 5 December 2012 | (17:57)

Reactions to Budgets and Autumn Statements tend to be short termist, whilst their implications are long-term. George Osborne was playing the long game in his Autumn Statement, and we should try and see beyond the short term headlines to the 2015 election.

Having seemingly avoided some of the short term...

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Osborne: Gamble on the Many Not the Few

(0) Comments | Posted 29 November 2012 | (18:25)

George Osborne must be prepared to gamble and choose the needs of the many over the interests of the few in his Autumn Statement.

Planning minister Nick Boles invoked the ire of the Daily Mail and Daily Telegraph for daring to suggest we could solve a...

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Railways Get Political as Cameron and Clegg Look to Get Back on Track

(0) Comments | Posted 16 July 2012 | (12:09)

You might very well be forgiven for thinking that today's rail announcements were mainly about trains. But they're really about two other issues: (1) getting the coalition back on track and (2) the coalition's intended final destination, the 2015 general election.

The media get the point (no doubt...

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Tories Call for Minister for Infrastructure - Cameron's Way Out on Hunt and Heathrow?

(0) Comments | Posted 9 July 2012 | (10:51)

A group of influential MPs might have provided David Cameron with a way to deal with three big problems all at once. The third runway at Heathrow, Jeremy Hunt and how to get pension funds to pay for infrastructure have all vexed the Prime Minister in recent months. By creating...

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Hodge Counting the Cost of High Speed Rail

(1) Comments | Posted 6 July 2012 | (11:53)

We've had another bout of high speed rail bashing today. Margaret Hodge's Public Accounts Committee (PAC) implies that the case for HS2 - the proposed new 225mph line from London to Birmingham and beyond - is flawed. They think that the line could end up costing taxpayers like...

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Are Cameron and Miliband Going Back to the 1980s?

(5) Comments | Posted 21 June 2012 | (00:00)

History, we are told, is always repeating itself - and it feels to me like we're currently in an early '80s-lite period, at least in politics. David Cameron will certainly hope so as he seeks a Conservative majority in 2015; for Ed Miliband there are big risks lurking, which could...

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Learning German and Portuguese Could Help Get Our Economy Back on Track

(0) Comments | Posted 11 June 2012 | (21:38)

The news that Michael Gove wants kids to learn a foreign language from the age of seven, and that the CBI has found that German is the most sought after language amongst UK employers, got me thinking about how speaking someone else's language can be vital...

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Football, Cricket, BRICS and the UK economy

(0) Comments | Posted 29 May 2012 | (16:40)

The changing face of football (and cricket) can tell us a lot about the emergence of the BRICS, and the challenges the UK economy faces if it wants to keep up.

What have the top division of English football and the UK economy got in common? World-leaders in the...

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David Cameron's Government Should Do More to Make Infrastructure Sexy

(0) Comments | Posted 22 May 2012 | (18:13)

Back into recession, austerity yet to fully bite, pressure from backbenchers, the Opposition and world leaders - the Government needs to take bold action to show that austerity and growth can go together. It should do more to make infrastructure attractive to investors around the world and to voters here...

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