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.
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.
Published Friday 24 April, 2015
Dear Ed Miliband, A few themes have developed over the past few days and I have listened to people from all walks of life in various parts of the Country, to the point that I feel compelled to write to you and ask for your views on a few issues. If you become Prime Minister, how do you answer these points?
Published Saturday 18 April, 2015
I am penning these verbal jewels (I appreciate that is a matter of opinion!) from my balcony on board the Seabourn Odyssey as she slips serenely out of Muscat harbour in Oman into the Arabian Sea before heading through the Straits of Hormuz towards the Persian Gulf and Dubai. The sun is setting over the mountains towards Yemen (!), directly across the sea is Pakistan (!!) and by midnight we shall be some twenty miles from Iran (!!!). ....... and this is a holiday!
Published Friday 20 March, 2015
As you turn these pages, think, did you see a bright yellow daffodil today? Have you seen a lamb in the fields, croci (typing "crocuses" is just fraught with problems!) or buds on the trees?
Published Friday 20 March, 2015
Well here we are, deep in the middle of "Campaign-fest"! That five-yearly spectacle worthy of a David Attenborough Special; a display by a rare sub-group of Homo sapiens where a few thousand out of some sixty four million (could be sixty five by now, it just depends on how many trucks have arrived at Dover!) indulge in psephological courtship for a short mating season of just three weeks.
Published Tuesday 17 February, 2015
Spend, spend, spend! It seems that's all people want to talk about; Spend now, Spend later, ring-fence spending, delay spending, increase spending, cut spending....................
Published Thursday 12 February, 2015
Dark when you get up; dark when you leave work; wet; cold; the joy of Christmas but a distant memory.....oh! Except the bill for the credit card that paid for it all that now needs sorting. And Spring, new-born lambs, daffodils, light mornings and the clocks going forward, is still someway off. Umph! And again I say Umph!