Category: Business musings

It’s All Too Difficult…Or Can Anyone Sell me a Freelander 2 ????

Dave (or is it George) tells us we are emerging from recession and can look forward to a period of sustained growth but don’t hang out the bunting just yet. I think what the Government means is that they have…

The Fabric of Britain

I was sitting in the TV room on Saturday night ruminating, yes ruminating on being British. I realised that I actually love being part of the fabric of this country and everything that it stands for even though quite a…

What’s your bottom line?

Oft heard in a commercial negotiation, is the customer asking the supplier for his bottom line. We all know what that means. It is the price below which the supplier will not go. Or perhaps I should say, the price…

Whistle-blowers? Shoot them.

We seem to be in a blame/denial and now legalistic culture where the whistle-blower is the one who’s lined up to be shot. Can that be right? An army requires discipline. When the general orders a ‘full advance’ he shouldn’t…

When The “Hunter-Gatherer” Can Neither Hunt nor Gather

I’m not talking about the terminally bone idle who are unemployable but I think, with the Festive Season approaching, I must write in support of those without work who would walk across burning coals barefoot to land a full wage…

What do we want for our children?

It seems to be the world is slowly coming to the realisation that a lot of our prosperity (‘you’ve never had it so good’) is based on the government not shrinking the consumer pound by excess taxation. Instead, the government’s…

Not drowning in statistics

In the last ten years in the UK the number of SME’s – ie those with 249 or fewer employees – has grown by 31% whilst the number of big boys has fallen by 12%. So if you are the…

Bank Management – A lesson in Crippling Incompetence

In front of the TV recently, I found myself watching “Bank of Dave.”  Hats of to Mr Fishwick for establishing his local bank in the face of the depressingly lazy and pig ignorant attitude of the civil service regulators with…

I’m backing Britain

I’ve recently been to Australia. Pick up anything – perhaps a stuffed Koala toy – and where we here expect to see ‘made in China’ they’ll have a ‘proudly made in Australia’ sticker. A tin of pineapple chunks won’t say…

I’m against everything

Have you ever stopped to notice but for each yea sayer there’s also a noe? Or more collectively for each pro-something, there’s an anti-something? A while back it was a commonly held belief that fox-hunting wasn’t something we should do…