Published Monday 13 August, 2012
It was John Humphrys, in a recent interrogation of some poor, hapless Coalition Government Minister, who asked if 400 more paid ...
Published Tuesday 12 June, 2012
As I sit here, gazing out at the stair rods making this, "flaming June", the wettest one on record, I ponder an array of other contradictions facing us all.
Published Tuesday 8 May, 2012
Monsieur Hollande's election is at least good for one thing; property prices in London! I guess moderately comfortable French people will be "running the numbers" on whether to build a life in Europe's most cosmopolitan capital where Government takes 45% of what you earn or whether to stay put ...
Published Monday 16 April, 2012
As the Country returns to work (and School ... er ... Parliament) this morning after Easter, there are a few issues that need to be sorted, and quickly. All are capable of speedy resolution; all would enable us to feel the smack of firm government; all would just give the impression the Country knows what it's doing.
Published Monday 19 March, 2012
What Vince Cable is having to do as part of this Government is counterintuitive to his DNA as a man of the Left. All governments benefit from people prodding and poking, speculating about Britain's future, but that's for an away day, not a daily activity.
Published Tuesday 28 February, 2012
I am sure you have all heard of the latest business person to be extradited to the USA without even a prima facie case having to be proven in the UK against him. This is entirely down to UK legislation and not the fault of the Americans.
Published Saturday 18 February, 2012
Birmingham will be holding a Referendum in May as to whether the governance of the City should change and whether there should be an Elected Mayor, running Birmingham with an appointed Cabinet, all accountable to the elected Councillors.
Published Thursday 9 February, 2012
I was lucky enough to learn a lot during my time at the CBI and again in Government. One earth-shattering truism that became clear to me during those years of which I have been forcefully and sadly reminded over the past few days is "don't listen to what politicians say; watch what they do."
Published Wednesday 18 January, 2012
So they're under starter's orders! For three Party Leaders it will get personal, and will certainly be career-defining. For the United Kingdom it will shape the Union for lifetimes to come. For Scotland it will ask just as many questions as it answers.
Published Saturday 17 December, 2011
I settled down to pen a few bon mots last weekend. Some thoughts on the Autumn Statement and the Public Sector Pensions issue I decided. But then I looked to the end of the week ahead and decided to keep my quill hovering over the papyrus until the umpteenth "Three-milliseconds-to-save-the-Euro" Summit had taken place. As it turned out … a good move!