Published Friday 4 December, 2015
He performed a U-turn of stupendous proportions. No smoothing of tax-credit reform; no knocking off the hard edges of transition. "I've listened; we're scrapping it" might be good for the Country, might save an inordinate amount of Government time, but it's lousy Party Politics
Published Tuesday 20 October, 2015
At this point in time, I am moved to make some observations and draw some parallels that may seem different and strange but are, for all that, very real and may be of use in business, political or personal situations.
Now please do NOT stop reading now just because I am about to reflect on the Rugby World Cup.
Published Wednesday 30 September, 2015
To my mind the biggest problem we face is a medium-to-long term one that, by its very nature, can always be put off til tomorrow........and that particular day, as we all know, never comes. What is it?
Published Wednesday 5 August, 2015
I know some will find it difficult to believe, but Peers of the Realm do not spend their languid days kitted out in questionable lingerie, quaffing champagne and snorting cocaine off the nether regions of ladies of negotiable availability.
Published Tuesday 16 June, 2015
Whether it's business, sport or politics one of the greatest dangers to continued and sustainable success is when those in charge, those who make and implement the big decisions, look at progress being made, results that please and (whilst making the usual management platitudes about "always seeking to improve" or "never settling for second-best") settle down for more of the same; big problem......
Published Sunday 17 May, 2015
As I pen this, the sun is shining on a chilly but bright Sunday in May. The media (print, TV, radio and social) is awash with the impact, fall-out, personal narrative, consequences and views following the cataclysmic events of the UK General Election just a few days ago on Thursday 7th May 2015.
Published Friday 8 May, 2015
Well ........a victory for Ed Miliband's "hard working families"!!! They spoke yesterday, not politicians, and said loudly and clearly just what they wanted: more of the same; this Country had not put up with five years of enormous difficulty and sacrifice to throw it all up at the last. "We have not come this far to fail now" echoed yesterday through Polling Stations across the Land.
Published Wednesday 6 May, 2015
"Dear chief secretary, I'm afraid there is no money. Kind regards - and good luck! Liam Byrne ...........read the note left for the Coalition Government in 2010 by the outgoing Labour Administration.
Published Friday 24 April, 2015
Dear Ed Miliband, A few themes have developed over the past few days and I have listened to people from all walks of life in various parts of the Country, to the point that I feel compelled to write to you and ask for your views on a few issues. If you become Prime Minister, how do you answer these points?
Published Saturday 18 April, 2015
I am penning these verbal jewels (I appreciate that is a matter of opinion!) from my balcony on board the Seabourn Odyssey as she slips serenely out of Muscat harbour in Oman into the Arabian Sea before heading through the Straits of Hormuz towards the Persian Gulf and Dubai. The sun is setting over the mountains towards Yemen (!), directly across the sea is Pakistan (!!) and by midnight we shall be some twenty miles from Iran (!!!). ....... and this is a holiday!