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It’s unfathomable that any UK politician could be so oblivious to the public’s resentment of the expenses scandal that brought British politics into disrepute in 2009 and saw a number of MPs relocate from HM Government to spending time at…

A CAREER IN HUMAN REMAINS

I was late and the discussion was heating up by the time I sat down. The young, recent graduate had just completed an internship at an investment bank in Hong Kong and was seeking advice on career directions from those…

CONNECTING FOR SOCIAL GOOD

Speaking to the Financial Times recently, Microsoft founder Bill Gates defined the drive to connect the world’s population to the Internet as a secondary requirement to eradicating disease and malnutrition: “I certainly love the IT thing,” he said. “But when…

GETTING ‘GOOD’ AND ‘BAD’ MIXED UP?

The wailing and gnashing of teeth following this week’s revelations that the US government has been spying on people reminded me of that scene in Casablanca when Captain Renault blows his whistle and orders everyone to leave Rick’s café.  “Clear…

IN A PARALLEL UNIVERSE

Can you imagine, just for a second, the furore that would ensue should the Chinese Government decide to ban Starbucks from selling coffee in China, citing fears that the world’s largest coffee retailer could be ‘influenced’ by western governments to…

COMMUNICATING IN A TRADE BATTLE

Nations tend to play nicer with each other when the global economy is happy and everyone’s getting a fair share of the spoils. Recession, on the other hand, eats away at a nation’s jobs, cash reserves and confidence. Defences can…

NAVIGATING DIFFICULT CORNERS

A driving instructor taught me to pass my driving test but my father taught me to drive.  I remember little of the wisdom the driving instructor passed my way. Driving in Donegal, on Ireland’s north west coast with its wild,…

LESS TALKTALK, MORE ACTION

Just because large, often slow-moving, targets are easiest to hit doesn’t necessarily make them fair targets. Dido Harding, chief executive of X-Factor sponsor TalkTalk, this week took aim at what she described as a ‘talented and lovely monopolist’.  She was…

CASH FOR CONFIDENCE

When economic historians come to write the book on the first great depression of the 21st century, squeamish bankers, politicians and credit ratings agency executives might want to skip the chapters dedicated to their contributions.  After four austere years, corporate…

MANIFESTO FOR CHANGE

As the party conference season gets underway, party political-thinking turns to the prospect of retaining or winning power at the next general election. Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg kicked off in Brighton this week with an impersonation of someone with…