What have Boris and George got in common?

Boris Johnson won in London, George Galloway won in Bradford, but what is it that made them winners? I think the answer is pretty clear: they both stood for something and both connected with and appealed to the voters. And that’s a lesson that so many other...

Why did I give up Social Media for Lent?

It’s been almost a month since I wrote anything here, and I’ve been equally quiet on Twitter as well in recent weeks. But it’s now come to an end. It would be easy to say that I did it for Lent, but I didn’t. I’ve just been too damn busy...

New Year’s Honours revisited

For my thoughts on the New Year Honours please refer to this old post Some messages just never lose their relevance!

Tax, and the shit we are in, simply explained….

This lovely tale explains our tax system and the flaws in a lovely way: Suppose that every evening, 10 men go out for beer and the bill for all ten comes to £100. If they paid their bill the way we pay our taxes, it would go something like this :- The first four men...

9/11 – A day that changed my world

It was a nice enough morning as I recall. The sun was shining and the journey to head office was an easy ride for once. I was meeting my Director in NTL to review the plans for redundancies, and  I was “under threat”. The formal meeting went well, the...

Have you ever auditioned to say “Hello”?

I heard a lovely story tonight on Live at the Apollo, probably a repeat, but what the heck. Man comes home from a night out with the boys. Has had a few, may 2 or 3 too many. When he gets to the front door and finds his key the deep breathing begins. And so does the...