Opinion from Lord Digby Jones

Back to the Future

Published Thursday 20 December, 2012

Reflecting on the past year, I guess there are some obvious candidates clamouring for "most favoured status". Mo Farrah, Jessica Ennis, Bradley Wiggins ... all deserve accolades. They, and many more from the Olympics and Paralympics, have enriched my memory box forever.

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Act now on the airport issue or get left behind

Published Monday 22 October, 2012

This is Asia's Century! The Cities and Countries in the Developed World that show they grasp that fact by their actions and not just fine rhetoric will be the winners in the coming decades, providing jobs and tax-generating wealth for their people.

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Now is the time to reform the Lords (and the Commons) Mr Clegg. That's right Mr Cameron ... now

Published Monday 13 August, 2012

It was John Humphrys, in a recent interrogation of some poor, hapless Coalition Government Minister, who asked if 400 more paid ...

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A Miscellany of Contradictions

Published Tuesday 12 June, 2012

As I sit here, gazing out at the stair rods making this, "flaming June", the wettest one on record, I ponder an array of other contradictions facing us all.

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Oh to be a London Estate Agent …

Published Tuesday 8 May, 2012

Monsieur Hollande's election is at least good for one thing; property prices in London! I guess moderately comfortable French people will be "running the numbers" on whether to build a life in Europe's most cosmopolitan capital where Government takes 45% of what you earn or whether to stay put ...

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Come on!

Published Monday 16 April, 2012

As the Country returns to work (and School ... er ... Parliament) this morning after Easter, there are a few issues that need to be sorted, and quickly. All are capable of speedy resolution; all would enable us to feel the smack of firm government; all would just give the impression the Country knows what it's doing.

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Cable Should Battle for Business

Published Monday 19 March, 2012

What Vince Cable is having to do as part of this Government is counterintuitive to his DNA as a man of the Left. All governments benefit from people prodding and poking, speculating about Britain's future, but that's for an away day, not a daily activity.

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UK Government failing to protect its own citizens

Published Tuesday 28 February, 2012

I am sure you have all heard of the latest business person to be extradited to the USA without even a prima facie case having to be proven in the UK against him. This is entirely down to UK legislation and not the fault of the Americans.

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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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