Category: “Economy

On Brexit, Chilcot, Corbyn, Leadsom and May: the Mad Hatter-ology of modern politics

Posted on 10 July 2016 | 1:07pm

This was first published yesterday by International Business Times. Since June 23, when we ‘took back control’ (of what precisely remains very unclear) I have been in South America, and four European countries – all work no play apart from a bit of football – taking in the Chilcot Inquiry Report en route from Spain and […]

A national catastrophe, and a vacuum in leadership. This is what Britain voted for

Posted on 28 June 2016 | 9:06am

So where to start with the national catastrophe, which has reduced us to an international joke, that has been unleashed? Let’s start with the thing people are crying out for right now – leadership. It is easy to understand why the Prime Minister has decided he has to go. But there is a reason for […]

3Ps+U = REMAIN. Peace, power, prosperity v Fear of the Unknown

Posted on 15 June 2016 | 3:06pm

Yesterday I spent a lively couple of hours debating the pros and cons of EU membership with former Chancellor Norman Lamont in the City. He was one of the first high profile political figures ever to suggest one day we might leave the EU (so long ago I can’t remember when.) At the time it […]

Time to listen to people who know what they are on about

Posted on 9 June 2016 | 6:06am

Given that Tony Blair ousted John Major from power in 1997, they are hardly ever likely to be best buddies. But for both Prime Ministers, Northern Ireland was a big priority, and the progress to peace there one of the best examples of what boldness and courage, political commitment and hard work, can do. So […]

Lots to learn from the way Sadiq Khan fought and beat the Tories

Posted on 8 May 2016 | 1:05pm

Given Sadiq Khan is in man-of-the-moment territory, I thought I would repost the transcript of the interview I did with him a few weeks back for GQ. What was clear to me then, and became clearer as the London Mayoral campaign went on, was that Sadiq had done a lot of strategic heavy-lifting – worked out the big […]

Foreigners may not have a vote, but they can have a big say in EU referendum

Posted on 20 April 2016 | 8:04pm

I am in Dublin today, speaking about Brexit to a conference of Ibec, the Irish equivalent of the CBI. Here is the text.  There are three things I hope to do today. Tell you what I think is happening in the Brexit debate. Explain why I am so keen for REMAIN to win. And also, suggest […]

A train ride with Millwall fans – and the hope it gave me for the EU debate

Posted on 17 April 2016 | 8:04am

The usual reaction of most people, when a boisterous group of beer-laden Millwall fans get on board your mid-morning train carriage, is to do as I did yesterday – sink a little lower into your seat, and stare even more intently into your iphone. This does not always work, however, if you have a face and […]

Time to call out the Union of Media barons’ Lie Machines and their anti-democratic role in the EU referendum

Posted on 12 March 2016 | 4:03pm

This is a longer version of an article which appears in The Observer today, and a shorter version of a (draft) speech I am due to make next month on the nature of the media debate around the EU referendum. I do not read papers or listen to the broadcast media in the way I […]

Flood damage is a cruel metaphor for Tory failure to see that cuts have consequences. It is defining Britain

Posted on 30 December 2015 | 2:12pm

Here is a piece I have done this morning for International Business Times. I sometimes think David Cameron lives his life as his own Action Man doll, dressing himself up according to the various demeanours he wishes to display. For Parliament it is the classic dark blue suit, white shirt and (always, as if he […]

Five thousand words or so on how today’s challenges for leaders are tougher than 1997, and lots of other stuff. Happy Christmas

Posted on 20 December 2015 | 1:12pm

I’ve not done a big blog for a while, so as I penned this speech for a conference in France today, and I saw it was getting close to the 5,000 word mark, I thought ‘why not? Get it up there.’ The conference is in Montpellier in southern France and they asked me to reflect […]