Published Monday 8 April, 2013
Former Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher has died "peacefully" at the age of 87 after suffering a stroke, her family has announced.
Published Thursday 21 March, 2013
Marvellous! From next month, 400,000 small businesses will be excluded from paying the pernicious jobs tax; Employers' National Insurance Contributions. The only impost in the Country that taxes job creation not dosh will no longer apply to those employers paying £2,000 pa or less.
Published Tuesday 19 March, 2013
The chances of George Osborne delivering an interesting, inspiring Budget full of BHAG's on Wednesday are about the same as BBC's Rugby Commentator, Eddie Butler, ever delivering an unbiased commentary when England or Wales are playing. That's about the same chance as last Saturday's referee in Cardiff, Steve Walsh, not dishing the English pack in the scrum; ie zilch, nil, nowt!
Published Monday 28 January, 2013
It is becoming tedious to hear (as we did again last week) Labour politicians declaring "of course there must be cuts, but not this one". Even they, amongst the hypocrisy and deceit of party politics, recognise that, to within a margin that is irrelevant when viewing the scale of the deficit, realise there is no alternative to Plan A;
Published Wednesday 16 January, 2013
As I neared the end of my time at the CBI some six years ago now, I remarked privately to politicians of all parties and to various CBI members that I was finding it increasingly and frustratingly difficult to see where the added value was in the UK's continuing membership of the European Union as presently constituted.
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.
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.
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 ...
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.
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 ...