Category: Topics

Letter to the Editor

I am occasionally asked by the ‘Evening Standard’ to submit ‘Comment’ pieces. Please find below a letter sent this week.   The Editor Evening Standard 5 August 2011   Dear Sir Lord Oakeshott, who seems to know the contents of…

Mr. Angry’s in a tango

Mr. Angry exploded with rage this week when he learnt that the Coalition Government’s promised ‘Quango bonfire’ had been extinguished. He tangoed around pictures of leading politicians as he read the detail. More than 4,500 bureaucrats have been taken on…

London riots and the role of social networks

As I heard the helicopters hovering overhead I remember back to the last period of rioting in Brixton in 1985 and my last vivid images of Brixton High Street on fire and my heart sank. Firstly it sank for all…

US loses triple-A rating

In this week’s bulletin: For the first time in its history the US lost its AAA credit rating although this was much about political considerations rather than financial stability Spanish and Italian debt worries and the subsequent ECB actions confused…

A topsy turvy week in travel?

It’s been a real rollercoaster of a week for the travel industry as we see pictures of disappointed, crying children at the airport deprived of their holiday due to the collapse of Holidays4u.  Travel Weekly claims that this has affected…

Addicted to rehab?

The sad passing of another high profile celebrity with a well publicised drug addiction has brought the issue of alcohol abuse and rehabilitation back into the media spotlight. Paul Hayes, NTA Chief Executive recently wrote an open letter  to The…

“Hang him high” demands Mr. Angry

Mr. Angry is referring to a bald headed maverick called Steve Hilton. He works, at the tax payer’s expensive, in Downing Street. He is Dave’s ‘Blue Skies’ thinker. He fancies a happiness index which he managed to re-launch in the…

You need some room to manoeuvre

Last week I spent a few days in Athens, Greece. The weather was fantastic, the people I met wonderful, the food to die for and the taxis on strike. No worries about getting around as courtesy of the Olympics the…

Bucket List

I get a little bit annoyed when people talk about work/life balance. There’s no such thing: there’s life and then you choose what to fill it with. If you think about it for a second there’s no logic in the…

Something’s missing!

Dr Meredith Belbin said that, in an ideal world, every team needs to have a mixture of people undertaking different roles. It’s true: where would a team be if it had ten leaders and no doers? Well, probably exactly where…