Opinion from Lord Digby Jones

Why I am not standing to be the Elected Mayor of Birmingham

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.

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Double standards or what?

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."

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So what do the Scots really want?

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.

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Final Reflections

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!

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Freedom Isn't Free

Published Saturday 17 December, 2011

From Trafalgar's seas to Blenheim's fields ...

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A New Dawn

Published Tuesday 25 October, 2011

It can only be good news that another murdering, tyrannical dictator meets a grisly end pleading for his own life; and (extremely importantly) at the hands of his own people.

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Go on ... you can do it George

Published Monday 3 October, 2011

So the Tory faithful gather in Manchester this week. In the light of recent developments and events they have a golden opportunity to pull a few levers, press a button or two and show the UK Business Community that they "get it".

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A Lesson Not Learnt

Published Tuesday 20 September, 2011

Some things never change … As the World gets back to work this month, one is left seething with frustration at the seemingly limitless capacity of leaders (and especially political leaders) for again and again "doing the wrong thing".

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A Game of Two Halves

Published Saturday 13 August, 2011

It's one minute to go in a very tense Premiership battle towards the end of the season. Top versus bottom. A complacent team of visitors (last season's Premiership Champions) are winning, but only just. The relegation-fighting hosts are awarded a penalty! Salvation beckons.

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Doing Nothing Is Not An Option

Published Monday 1 August, 2011

In my line of work I receive a lot of written and spoken reaction to my ideas and views. I reckon “a lot” is far fewer than so many public figures much further up the food chain than low pond life such as me, but it is always interesting to hear and read views and opinions. Thank heavens we live in a Society where such behaviour is encouraged without fear or favour!

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