If Liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear

At the Inauguration of Virginia University in 1819, Thomas Jefferson proclaimed: “This Institution will be based on the illimitable freedom of the human mind. For here we are not afraid to follow truth wherever it may lead, nor to tolerate any error so long as reason is left free to combat it”.

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What makes a good Leader in Business in these turbulent times?

In uncertain times steering a business through unchartered waters Leadership is vital.

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Leadership is easy to recognise but difficult to deliver

Even “natural” leaders have to work at it, never taking particular expectations for granted, privately self-analysing and being prepared to admit mistakes (if only to themselves), learning from them and constantly improving.

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Woke

As we head off into a new decade, buoyed up by the certainty and confidence of a UK Government with a large majority, the defeat (for a few years at least) of a nasty, extreme alternative, and the settlement of Brexit, there is a word and its usage that have emerged over the past couple of years which is causing me concern and which, if indulged, will lead to big problems in the years ahead.

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A Time for Reflection

I pen these few utterances some forty eight hours after one of the (if not “the”) most seismic General Election results in my lifetime. If I may bastardise words from one of our great wordsmiths:- “Bliss it was to be alive in that Brave New Morning”.

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It was Demo Alley

As I left the House of Lords the other evening there were no cabs to hail, no cars to dodge. The streets had been cleared of the hatefully declared impedimenta of people going about their lawful business …… to allow other people aka their arrogant accusers to go about their unlawful business.

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Alarm Bells

The Judgement by the Supreme Court on the Proroguing of Parliament has put the Judiciary full-square into political issues. The independence of the UK Judiciary & the Rule of Law is (was??) a cornerstone of British values & has been a great selling point for attracting investment & talent from all over the World.

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