Why the solar eclipse left me cold

Hurrah, it was cloudy yesterday morning. Really cloudy: that dirty-white duvet-thick covering that only British skies seem capable of. Oh, how I love the British weather on such occasions as the solar eclipse. There was absolutely no chance of viewing it here in London, meaning there was absolutely no chance of being distracted by yet another daft thing intended to …

The Apprentice knows nothing about entrepreneurs – five mistakes that prove it

Do we really have to go through this again? This time last year the Centre for Entrepreneurs (of which I am deputy chairman) produced a survey slating TV programmes such as Dragons’ Den and The Apprentice for their poor portrayal of entrepreneurs. In summary, the survey (among entrepreneurs) concluded that the programmes were more interested in good television than in …

The centre-right’s lights are going out all over Europe

Despite conspiracies about folded ballot papers, the chances are UKIP will do well in the European elections, to be declared Sunday. Many will interpret this as a growing intolerance of immigration in the UK, especially England. Others may note that, across Europe, populist parties are on the rise (usually combining anti-immigration with a dislike for Brussels bureaucracy) – whether in …

The Dragons’ Apprentice – an appraisal of the BBC and business

Watching last night’s The Apprentice in which the man I’d been rooting for (Myles – due to his salt-n-pepper hair) was “fired” I found myself pondering such programmes as The Apprentice and Dragon’s Den – both on the BBC. Are they good for the image of business, I wondered? Do they encourage the watching public to entertain entrepreneurship as a …

A face for radio – at last

I passed a milestone this week: my 20th radio interview. Nothing major – BBC Radio Solent, meaning all those lovely people on the Isle of Wight got to hear my Valentine’s Day views on confident dating for men and women, as well as how under confidence can develop from the “roles” we’re assigned early on in our family dynamic. Well, …

A gold medal in cynicism

The talk in the office early this week was of the empty seats at the Olympics. I couldn’t resist responding with my usual cynicism regarding the media coverage of such events. That headline had been written long before the games started, I said. The media was simply waiting for the first few inevitable rows of unused IOC seats to pounce: …