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 ...
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.
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.
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.
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.