Archive: Jun 2017

Daddy goes to work; Mummy peels potatoes

Like most parents, Mrs J and I have talked about how we set the right example for our little one. Not just on the day to day stuff; right from wrong, good from bad, red from blue, but on doing your... Read more

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Goodbye tie and good riddance

The Speaker has spoken. A final barrier has been overcome. A major landmark passed. A message sent out. The UK parliament has today joined many other workplaces around the world and entered the 21st... Read more

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Hillsborough charges: silence is golden

Today marked a major milestone on the journey from truth, via justice to accountability. The CPS’ decision to bring charges against six individuals in relation to the deaths of 96 Liverpool... Read more

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An umbrella of love

I left home this morning to drive to Manchester – a day of catch ups and work with my Lexington North colleagues. Not for the first time I was perplexed by what I saw on the way. I drove along... Read more

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The power of four: the British and Irish Lions

There is something very special about the British and Irish Lions. Something deeply emotional. Something that makes you feel incredibly proud. Something unique. If you don’t believe me, search for... Read more

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Glastonbury and my bucket list

Up until today, I didn’t have a bucket list. But one thing was certain; I would never go to Glastonbury. That’s not my idea of fun. I like hotels. I like a concierge. I like peace and quiet. I... Read more

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Because I am present, every day now is Father’s Day

When I was a child I felt aggrieved; why was there no “children’s day” to go with their mother’s and father’s equivalent? “Every day is children’s day” I was told. As time has moved... Read more

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Making the communication case for regulation

It’s the definition of a tough sell. It doesn’t have a great reputation. It is not regarded as a national treasure or source of civic pride. It is associated with burdens, red tape, and the... Read more

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Every day is Holocaust Day

Sometimes you stumble across something on radio or TV which hits you right between the eyes. It can come out of the blue. A thunderbolt. It can knock you off your feet. Today, such a moment. I was... Read more

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Grenfell Tower; straight talking needed.

Terrible accidents do happen. They happen all over the world; in developed and developing countries. They can just happen with no-one or no organisation to blame. They can just be freakish acts of... Read more

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Public affairs panic

For those of us in the ‘trying to influence the government and politics’ business, last week’s election result is being seen as a call to action. Up and down the country, public... Read more

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Sunday, bloody Sunday

As the great Alan Partridge once said of Sunday; “……..you’ve got to read all the Sunday papers, the kids are running round, you’ve got to mow the lawn, wash the car, and you think... Read more

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