A “park the bus” election that ignores our entrepreneurial future

Am I the only one thinking this a God-awful election campaign? With the polls on a knife-edge it’s become more like an Arsenal Vs Chelsea fixture – with the focus being, not on winning, but on not making mistakes, avoiding the loss. The two main parties are supposed to be travelling the country on their election buses, but appear – …

An outsider’s view of the election: when two tribes go to the polls

I’ve been working with David Cameron and Ed Miliband for the past 30 years, on and off. Of course, this doesn’t mean I’ve been working with them – i.e. those two individuals. In fact, I’ve yet to meet either of the main party leaders. Just that during my time as an adult – as a student in Manchester and working in London’s …

The Clacton wave: four reasons it’s tidal

Yesterday’s Evening Standard carried an extraordinary article from Douglas Carswell MP, the UKIP victor of the Clacton byelection – stating that “digital democracy” was the reason for the unprecedented hemorrhaging of support from Britain’s two main political parties. Immediately, I suspected he was exaggerating the tech-savvy skills of those on the Grey Coast of Essex but it turned out he …

Wolverhampton should be Pittsburgh, not Detroit

There was a well-written article by columnist Jenni Russell in The Times  Thursday, although I found it painful reading in places. It was responding to Prime Minister David Cameron’s conference speech on Wednesday. He spoke of a “land of opportunity”, which left Russell “incredulous”. “What was the connection between his splendid aims and people’s real lives?” she asked. “Inequality has …