Published Wednesday 10 February, 2016
If you wanted to open a savings account in Tokyo with 1,000 yen in it today – no risk, just a deposit – you might be startled at your return. In a year, they would give you back 998 yen: less than what you started with. That’s because the world’s third largest economy has negative interest rates. In effect, in Japan, you’re better off stuffing your cash under the mattress.
Published Tuesday 12 January, 2016
It was a wintry evening in North Wales; I was speaking at a Rotary Dinner. The type of venue and audience profile with whom I have shared ideas and thoughts a thousand times over the years. I am pleased that what I have to say tends to stimulate a reaction, positive and negative.
Published Friday 4 December, 2015
He performed a U-turn of stupendous proportions. No smoothing of tax-credit reform; no knocking off the hard edges of transition. "I've listened; we're scrapping it" might be good for the Country, might save an inordinate amount of Government time, but it's lousy Party Politics
Published Tuesday 20 October, 2015
At this point in time, I am moved to make some observations and draw some parallels that may seem different and strange but are, for all that, very real and may be of use in business, political or personal situations.
Now please do NOT stop reading now just because I am about to reflect on the Rugby World Cup.
Published Wednesday 30 September, 2015
To my mind the biggest problem we face is a medium-to-long term one that, by its very nature, can always be put off til tomorrow........and that particular day, as we all know, never comes. What is it?
Published Wednesday 5 August, 2015
I know some will find it difficult to believe, but Peers of the Realm do not spend their languid days kitted out in questionable lingerie, quaffing champagne and snorting cocaine off the nether regions of ladies of negotiable availability.
Published Tuesday 16 June, 2015
Whether it's business, sport or politics one of the greatest dangers to continued and sustainable success is when those in charge, those who make and implement the big decisions, look at progress being made, results that please and (whilst making the usual management platitudes about "always seeking to improve" or "never settling for second-best") settle down for more of the same; big problem......
Published Sunday 17 May, 2015
As I pen this, the sun is shining on a chilly but bright Sunday in May. The media (print, TV, radio and social) is awash with the impact, fall-out, personal narrative, consequences and views following the cataclysmic events of the UK General Election just a few days ago on Thursday 7th May 2015.
Published Friday 8 May, 2015
Well ........a victory for Ed Miliband's "hard working families"!!! They spoke yesterday, not politicians, and said loudly and clearly just what they wanted: more of the same; this Country had not put up with five years of enormous difficulty and sacrifice to throw it all up at the last. "We have not come this far to fail now" echoed yesterday through Polling Stations across the Land.