Published Monday 13 September, 2010
When I joined the Confederation of British Industry as its Director-General in January 2000 I was briefed on many things very quickly. One set of predictions that stuck in my mind was that China, then the World's 7th largest economy would overtake the UK (then 4th) by 2010, catching Germany to take 3rd place by 2015 and Japan by 2020, overtaking (if ever) the USA by 2040.
Published Tuesday 24 August, 2010
Just because RDA's were unnecessary in the South West, South East and East of England doesn't mean they weren't both successful and needed in the Midlands and the North. Look at how the closing of Longbridge was dealt with.
Published Monday 9 August, 2010
I have never written to the Director-General of the BBC before (other than to thank him for dinner!) but last week saw me do just that. I became a complainer to the Beeb!
Published Tuesday 3 August, 2010
The USA, Turkey and India all in a few days for the PM ... great stuff!
Published Tuesday 13 July, 2010
Before the General Election (and some would say, and perish the thought, in order to get elected!) the Conservatives promised that amongst all the cuts in public spending that would have to be made, ring-fencing would apply to both the NHS and Overseas Aid.
Published Friday 25 June, 2010
At last! UK Business can hold its head up around the World and say "we're still very much open for business"! A big sign went up over the UK this week making it clear that "someone is doing something about it"!
Published Thursday 17 June, 2010
At the end of May, the Prime Minister, whilst visiting Yorkshire, delivered his first major speech since the General Election.
Published Tuesday 8 June, 2010
I watch the unfolding drama in the Gulf of Mexico with a growing sense of frustrated unfairness. But are BP totally and solely to blame?
Published Thursday 3 June, 2010
Back in 2006 I gave a speech to the Scottish CBI when I was Director-General. In it, I encouraged the Trade Unions to get on the page of the 21st Century.