Linstock’s Friday Takeaway – 2 December 2016

“Bad week? Bad year for Zac Goldsmith. To top things off, Goldsmith was knocked over by one of his campaign team members with his own electric car.”

Good Week: England Manager

Gareth Southgate has been appointed England manager after negotiations with the Football Association (FA) this week solidified a 4-year contract. The news will provide welcome clarity and stability for the national team after previous manager Sam Allardyce remained in position for only 67 days. The FA will hope that Southgate provides fewer headaches than his predecessor, especially while a child abuse scandal is unfolding which looks set to rock English football to its core.

Bad Week: Zac Goldsmith

Bad week? Bad year for Zac Goldsmith who was defeated in the London Mayoral election by Sadiq Khan in May and then resigned from the Conservative party in protest against Heathrow’s new runway in October. To top things off Goldsmith was knocked over by one of his campaign team members with his own electric car. This incident occurred on the way to the Richmond by-election where he lost his seat of six years to Liberal Democrat Sarah Olney.

Good Week: Urban Pollution

The mayors of four major global cities, Paris, Mexico City, Athens and Madrid, have committed to prohibiting the use of diesel-powered vehicles by 2025. This is a result of discussions at the C40 mayoral summit to tackle climate change. Further pressure for such changes came from The World Health Organisation recently, as they reported that approximately three million deaths per year are linked to air pollution which can cause cardiovascular and respiratory illnesses.

Bad Week: School Standards

Though overall school standards in Britain have been rising, research this week reveals that the North/South divide continues to grow. Outgoing Head of Ofsted, Sir Michael Wilshaw, has said this could have contributed to Brexit if it added to the overall feeling in the North and Midlands of being ignored. Large areas in the North voted overwhelmingly to leave the European Union in June’s referendum. Sir Michael has stated that the situation is serious and addressing it must be a government priority.

Client News

A strong way to get your message across is to find a trusted voice to deliver it – especially when dealing with sensitive and complex issues. Celebrity ambassador Abbey Clancy was on ITV’s Lorraine programme this week to announce her support for the Our Chance campaign, to help young mums and women have the safest pregnancy possible.

Bovill, the financial services regulatory consultancy, featured in City A.M. announcing the appointment of ex-Deloitte Director, Terry Sahathevan as managing consultant of its newly established markets team. Terry joins Bovill with more than 25 years of experience in regulation and compliance.

Coming Up

Members of the team will be attending a Media Briefing with BBC’s 4 Today Programme next week.