‘Que Sera Sera, Whatever Will Be Will Be…’

When I woke up this morning, for a split second I didn't remember that yesterday Britain left the EU, the Prime Minister resigned, London and other places wanted to be a Republic and there was basically no Opposition. Like when you lose a loved one, in the first few seconds of the day you forget, and everything seems as it should be, and anything else is just a weird dream.  Yet as I opened the curtains and let the sunshine flood the room, I looked out the window at the early morning peace and quiet and noticed that usual knot in my core, present for so long, was no longer there. I felt a sense of openness and warmth towards myself and the world. I remembered what did go on yesterday, but today was a new day full of exciting opportunities. The first day when looking back is no longer ...

‘A statesman thinks he belongs to the state, and a politician thinks the state belongs to him’

By Wednesday, October 31, 2012 0 Permalink

Prussia propounds and Lord Heseltine delivers! (Well that's my spin anyway). A new report suggests that a move away from centralisation is the way forward to mend our broken economy and stimulate growth. Take a look here. I am glad I am not the only one who thinks like this and am glad I share these thoughts with such august statesmen as Lord Heseltine. (those unacquainted with Hezza, just know he did charisma and hair before, and so much better, than Boris). Though he puts it slightly more impressively and in more detail than I had, his report is one of the most important things I have seen for a while and it deserves more than just a cursory glance. Decentralisation, war psychology, an adult skills based drive and how to spread power and funding out around the country are just some of the common sense highlights. It makes a welcome change to read the news in the morning ...

Coffee, Tea, or Local Autonomy?

By Thursday, October 25, 2012 2 Permalink

In my more melancholic moments it can be a challenge for me to find something positive to say about Britain but I like to try, not just for my own sanity and because I inhabit the place, but also because I feel I am a bit too young or normal to start espousing the Daily Mail. But even the notoriously pessimistic French report in Le Monde says that we are on our knees! Forgive my lack of excitement for the 'news' that the UK is out of recession. One month of minor growth during the Olympics does not constitute a recovery or even the beginning of one.  Osborne's lack of long term strategy can not possibly be credited for any rise in GDP. While it is nice news it is just a mere blip I am afraid. In a week that elicited a sad sigh from me concerning Newsweek magazine ending it's print circulation and ...