SOUTH KENSINGTON — There was a piece in the Independent yesterday about Sir Richard Branson’s “three point plan” to get the UK economy going.
Unfortunately the plan is completely pants.
I wish it weren’t, but it is.
Years ago, when I worked in politics a very worthy husband and wife team approached my cabinet ministers with suggested [...]
CHELSEA — The problem with change is that you cannot always foresee what might happen next. So you create an anticipated direction of travel and risks, issues, dependencies etc. along the way.
That’s how it’s done. In a nutshell.
The problem with Britain’s big banks though is not that they don’t know what might happen next. They do, but they’re determined to [...]
LONDON — I am still a bit disturbed by an interview I read while on holiday. I have no idea why, while off the grid for a fortnight, I managed to read Lucy Kellaway’s interview with Roland Rudd. But I did.
Have a quick read of it and then come back.
Let me start by saying that I have no agenda [...]
DISTRICT LINE — What ever happened to ‘new’? Where is our sense of adventure? Where are the new faces and voices of the future?
Here we are, 11 months into a new decade and we’re still talking about some of the least interesting characters of the 80s, 90s and Noughties.
George Bush has a book out. Reviewed today it [...]
LONDON — A whole lifetime of planning and meticulous work ended with the death of Sir Thomas Tresham on 11 September 1605. He had been working on a beautiful hill-top house in Northamptonshire and the lavish gardens surrounding it. A pious Catholic in a Britain that was only settling into Anglicanism, he hid his piety in quiet symbolism around the [...]
IN MY KITCHEN — I was just thinking last week that triathlons and marathons have become the new mid-life crisis. And then I read the story in the Sunday Times Style Magazine: “The rise of the IRON MAN”.
Turns out that triathlons are the fastest growing mass-participation sport in the UK. The article cites [...]
DISTRICT LINE — I love the way that the mainstream of public discourse can so easily reject different approaches as silly. I didn’t see the show on John Lewis last Wednesday — Inside John Lewis. A friend of mine did though. And he says they were painted as a [...]
DISTRICT LINE — The newly appointed Lord made a bit of a storm in Parliament with his maiden speech. Perhaps any minimalism in grace and nuance will inadvertently help our regular politicians, by showing how hard it is to speak without edits, teleprompters and producers.
Describing his views on small business he said:
“I have also seen [...]
HOME — I do like to watch shows that I shouldn’t like. Or shows that seem like they’ll be good for you. And Ian Hislop’s Changing of the Bard about the ‘great’ British tradition of Poet Laureate is one of those.
I didn’t know much about the role. Not as much as [...]
LONDON — It’s a funny old world we live in. The Chinese state aluminium giant Chinalco just failed in its quite generous attempt to help Anglo-Australian Rio Tinto out of a massive great hole. And where do we go to see the sense of remorse? Not to this [...]