Opinion from Lord Digby Jones

Don't Get Mad, Get Even

Published Wednesday 22 March, 2017

"Don't get mad, get even" was a piece of advice given me many years ago as I honed my negotiating skills as a corporate lawyer. There is only one thing worse than "losing it" in doing a deal or in public life for that matter.....and that's letting it show.

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We Are Free

Published Friday 24 February, 2017

As I curl up in front of a roaring log fire this February Sunday afternoon, the weak sun washing the grey sky with a strange half-light and "out there" looking very cold, nursing a most acceptable glass of Pinotage from the Cape, I am reflecting on just how lucky we, in this Island Nation of ours, really are.

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I wish you a peaceful, healthy and prosperous 2017

Published Thursday 29 December, 2016

As I get older, as, last year, a few dear friends slipped this mortal coil far too early but, in their desperately sad passing, gave us what Wordsworth called Intimations of Mortality, as I see so much hate and selfishness in this World yet also never cease to be amazed by the kindness of others

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At the end of the day, it all boils down to Trade….

Published Thursday 29 December, 2016

With the Supreme Court deliberating in the grandfather of all reality tv shows and with MPs apparently talking of little else as they selfishly seek party or individual political advantage (plus ca change.......!), one could be forgiven for thinking that Brexit and how it will all pan out is actually a Westminster Show.

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When will they ever learn....

Published Tuesday 15 November, 2016

"When will they ever learn?" sang the latest Nobel Laureate, Robert Dylan Esq; yes indeed Bob, "when will they ever learn?" So, it is to be President Trump!

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An unpublished Letter to the Times on 7/11/16

Published Tuesday 8 November, 2016

The GRS (Great Remain Sulk) goes on! Parliamentarians in both Houses who are Remainers form the vast majority there but they are in the minority in the Country. They aim "to respect the Will of the People" by agreeing to a (delayed as far as possible) Brexit ...

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Don't listen to what people say, watch what they do

Published Monday 7 November, 2016

As a lawyer many years ago, I had many clients who would say one thing, swearing blind they would follow a particular path, and then promptly walk off and do something entirely different. In my time as Director-General of the Confederation of British Industry so often I saw examples of those words in action.

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Strike a Blow for Freedom

Published Monday 8 August, 2016

There is something afoot my friends! In the bowels of democratic capitalism, all over the developed world, the people are on the move. Ignored by elites for decades; fed up of being told that, in true Panglossian fashion, everything is for the best in this, the best of all possible worlds;

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Behave in a way that enables people to be proud of business ….

Published Tuesday 26 July, 2016

British business finds itself in the dock today because of the collapse of BHS and the behaviour of Sir Philip Green, but the ‘unacceptable face of capitalism’, as MPs described it, does not mean that capitalism is to blame.

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