24th September 2021

What will we do without the water cooler?

What will we do without the water cooler? With almost everyone working from home (or at least staying in bed at home), how will we find out what’s really happening in the company? What are the key strategic decisions that are being made at the […]
17th September 2021

Are we losing the phoney war?

Are we losing the phoney war? A key essence to business success is communication. ‘Of course it is you dunderhead,’ I can hear you all say. We do business with people we know and trust and have a rapport with. I’ve known top technical experts […]
10th September 2021

Are we at the end of time?

Are we at the end of time? When you think about it, the way we work is crazy. For the most part, we measure output by the time it takes to do the task. This is madness. I’m old enough to remember the bad old […]
3rd September 2021

Five to four field: Place your bets now

Five to four field: Place your bets now The Black Horse is a bit of a dark horse. Lloyds Bank if getting into the housing business as a ‘large private landlord’. The main reason for this is that interest rates are so low. In other […]
27th August 2021

Should our politicians be allowed holidays?

Should our politicians be allowed holidays? I know this is not a popular sentiment, but I have a grudging sympathy for poor old Dominic Raab. The man has had a hell of a year. He had to stand in for Boris. He was effectively the […]
20th August 2021

Pump up the Heat

Pump up the Heat I am old enough to remember when the biggest threat to the planet was global cooling. Yep. In The early 1970, the big fear was that we would all be living in igloos with huskies instead of Hondas in the driveway. […]
13th August 2021

Musk and the Moaning Millennials

Musk and the Moaning Millennials When young people (almost everyone I know) moan that their new home hasn’t got room to swing a cat, I tell them to shut the f*** up or I’ll report them to the RSPCA. Then, I point to one of […]
6th August 2021

Beauty

Beauty   This year a new word has entered the planning lexicon (jargon, Madam): beautiful. 17 It was used 17 times by Robert Jenrick the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government in his revolutionary paper to shake up the UK planning system. […]
30th July 2021

Laws should be ‘of their time’

Laws should be ‘of their time’   Oh for those long summer days of the interwar years. It was a simpler world then. In 1938, you could drive out to a nice country pub, knock back a half-a-dozen pints of strong ale and a couple […]
23rd July 2021

Don’t make an exhibition of yourself

Don’t make an exhibition of yourself It’s late November. It is pelting down outside. There’s no heating in the parish hall. Three people in smart suits are looking bored. One is pinned against the wall being talked to aggressively by a small group of angry […]