Opinion from Lord Digby Jones

Off with their heads!

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.

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"A kinder, more gentle type of politics"

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.

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Confidence....by the bucket load!

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

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Drawing Parallels

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.

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Facing The Problem

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?

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Reform for the House of Lords?

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.

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Relative Decline

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......

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My Post Election Offering

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.

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Thank heavens!

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.

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I'm sorry there's no money left

Published Wednesday 6 May, 2015

"Dear chief secretary, I'm afraid there is no money. Kind regards - and good luck! Liam Byrne ...........read the note left for the Coalition Government in 2010 by the outgoing Labour Administration.

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