I stood on the stage in front of the Gathering of the Tory Faithful to welcome them to my home town of Birmingham at the Opening of their Conference last October. With the Prime Minister in the audience and speaking as someone who came with no party tribal baggage (I have never belonged to a political party) I explained that the creation of wealth in Britain (and the consequent jobs and taxes that flow) faces a far greater threat than Brexit.Read more
One of the advantages of those few post-prandial days falling after too much New Year’s Eve celebrating and before the cold shower of the first day back at work is that there are a fair few moments when you can take stock and see various issues through an outside lens looking in rather than being in the “up close and personal” position. I guess they call it “objectivity”.
I witnessed in the Lords the other day one Peer saying how we must all respect democracy whilst the entire House actually had a debate and then an Adjournment to vote on…..whether to adjourn!Read more
It’s early morning at one of the UK’s regional airports; check in has been an irritation for those in the queue but also clearly for two of the check-in staff whose chatting about what they did last night is plainly more important than serving the people who pay their wages.Read more
“Walking by on the other side” is no longer an option. We cannot leave dealing with this to others. “Evil only flourishes when good men do nothing” is as accurate today as it was decades ago.Read more
I am writing this on the Eurostar gambolling along at 200 mph under the English Channel heading back to Blighty just after an incredibly revelatory meeting in Brussels in which I was privileged to participate; I am so “full of it” that I am wasting no time in sharing it all with you, It has changed my thinking.
Imagine the scene: a Remoaner or one of the Corbynistas has found in an ad the car that they want on sale at ten grand. So they call the number and say:- “I want the car; I’m offering you less than the ten grand but if you refuse to accept less I won’t walk away; oh, and I don’t want to see the car before I do the deal.” How bonkers is that!