Tag: “George Osborne

Thank God for GOD and his Plan B

Posted on 16 December 2010 | 12:12am

A bit late to be blogging I know, but in the new media world there is no such thing as a deadline, no such thing as a geographical boundary, so  in a way no such thing as late. Plus I have had one of those days … up early and sudddenly noticed my car wasn’t […]

Fees protest taking heat off Tories; and good luck to Ken Clarke re mental health in prisons

Posted on 7 December 2010 | 9:12am

When was the last time you saw David Cameron, George Osborne, Michael Gove or David Willetts being put under real pressure to make the case for the trebling of tuition fees? I ask because it is their policy every bit as much as it is that of the Lib Dems in the coalition. Indeed, more […]

Great to see, feel and hear normality in Northern Ireland

Posted on 1 December 2010 | 7:12am

To Belfast last night to speak at the Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce President’s dinner. Cold outside, like everywhere else in the country. Lots of worries about the Irish economic crisis, as everywhere else in Europe. Lots of uncertainty about the future, as everywhere in the world. But what struck me above all was the […]

Could we be heading for Tory-Lib coalition for UK, Lab-Lib for Scotland?

Posted on 24 November 2010 | 12:11pm

Despite a chest infection (the doctor said it was much worse than man flu but I just keep on keeping on manfully) I had a thoroughly enjoyable time at Glasgow University last night. I was the guest speaker at the annual Chancellor’s dinner; no, not George Osborne, he was busy helping Ireland, where his family […]

Guest blog from Fiona on local school governance

Posted on 22 November 2010 | 9:11am

Every now and then, I get a comment from someone saying they prefer blogposts to be short rather than long. I suppose it gives them the chance to hoover around the place and digest a few more. But whilst brevity can sometimes be the best, every now and then you need a bit of length […]

No wonder Cameron’s smiling. Broken pledges can be buried beneath Royal news

Posted on 17 November 2010 | 9:11am

With Royal weddings top of the news agenda, it won’t be too long (in historical terms) before Royal babies come along … which brings me neatly to the subject of midwives, which brings me swiftly to the subject of cuts. Oh it will take more than a Royal wedding to knock me off message … […]

Too late for Libs and Greens to lament Charles Clarke demise

Posted on 6 November 2010 | 12:11pm

So there I was, tapping away at the computer, and it just went dead. Kaput. Bye-bye. In our household, I know not how to deal with these things, but Fiona does and she has now got someone in who is sorting it, but in the meantime I thought well maybe it’s someone or something telling […]

The joins of the dark arts are showing in coalition leak

Posted on 2 November 2010 | 8:11am

I don’t know if Malcolm Tucker is to be killed off now that the coalition has replaced Labour, or if a new coalition version may replace him, but if the latter is the case, he/she and its scriptwriters may want to be aware of a dark arts strategy known as MTBL, which might help a storyline […]

Good to hear Bank Governor whacking banks; now let’s hear it from DC and Osborne

Posted on 26 October 2010 | 11:10am

In the dying moments of the Labour government, namely those heady days between the election and Gordon Brown’s departure from Downing Street, Bank of England governor Mervyn King was perhaps a bigger player than any of the accounts so far have revealed. His name is of course well-known in political, media and financial circles, and the […]

All in this together; but some more deeply than others

Posted on 25 October 2010 | 8:10am

I don’t know how many of you read Monday’s FTfm (a weekly review of the fund management industry published as a pull-out with the Financial Times). Today’s version has a peculiarly arresting intro to its leads story, as follows … ‘The asset management industry claims it bears no responsibility for the financial crisis, but it may […]