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!
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 ...
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.
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;
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.
Published Thursday 21 July, 2016
"Our Country is made for globalisation"; when I was Minister of State for Trade and Investment I would repeat these words at every opportunity; I even heard the Prime Minister at the time, Gordon Brown, use them in a speech or two as well.
Published Friday 24 June, 2016
The ordinary Brit has looked the Global Establishment Elite (be they from politics, business, trades unions or the media) squarely in the face and said "my democratic freedom is not for sale".
Published Tuesday 21 June, 2016
There are few sights more likely to stoke up the feeling amongst the UK Electorate that they "have had enough", that they "are being ignored", that "no-one understands nor cares" than a fully paid-up member of the Establishment Elite, be he or she a politician cosy in their London constituency or expenses-paid Westminster office, or a CEO or Chairman of Big Business cosy in assured Route One access and influence to those who make the rules, or a TUC grandee nestling into Transport House's comfort zone (let alone an unaccountable, unelected Brussels Panjandrum threatening "punishment" or being "cut adrift") patronisingly, in a "there there" sort of way, saying that they understand about fears around immigration, about the disconnect between the representatives and the represented, about loss of sovereignty BUT..............
Published Wednesday 8 June, 2016
I am writing this in the warm glow of a gorgeous Summer's evening, on the terrace at home looking down a lush green garden (a lot of rain in May saw to that!) with a glass of cool, golden Thatcher's Cider to hand; interest declared....I chair the Company!
Published Tuesday 3 May, 2016
There are 56 words in the Lords Prayer. The Ten Commandments took 297 words to encapsulate a Code for Life. The Founding Fathers of the USA took 1300 words to write The Declaration of Independence. Can someone please explain to me why it takes 27,000 (!!!) words to write the EU Directive on Duck Eggs??!!