A Total Failure But…

I know it is positively absurd to quote oneself but last November after Trump won the White House I did write a piece about it: http://baldysblog.co.uk/2016/11/09/trump-wins-the-oval-office/ and I ended it with the following which is worth repeating as we move forward :

“In the end, Trump may well surprise us all and get positive change going both at home and abroad, let’s hope so even though there must be a suspicion that he is likely to be just another windbag. Either way he is now on the big stage, it is now time for him to perform…” Continue Reading →

Another Terror Attack

Today Sunday after another brutal terrorist attack, this time around London Bridge last night, many different people will be living with very varied thoughts and fears along with some understandable anger but as ever, it is a time for cool heads and sober judgements.

Theresa May in her statement following a COBRA meeting this morning was quite right to say “Enough is enough” and that a totally new approach is needed because the type of threat has changed. Continue Reading →

Destroying a Brand

Born at the end of 1945, I do not come from a computer literate generation and therefore took some 3-4 years out of my working life in my 40s to learn about Information Technology. In this sense I was eager to learn and took every opportunity to attend lectures and talks that would broaden my knowledge even though sometimes I barely understood the topic properly. In time it did all come together and led me to a new career in IT.

There was one talk I attended that had this opening statement: “There are only two kinds of people in this world, those who have lost data and those who are going to !” Continue Reading →

The Penny Hasn’t Dropped Yet

There is an article in this weeks Economist concerning the job threats of automation to retail workers in the USA. It is a reasonable article but what struck me most about it was its narrowness of view and a failure to grasp the broader, wider implications and realise that this applies right across the global economy and will impact far more than just retail jobs. It will inevitably impinge upon not just the way businesses run but how society reorders itself to deal with the economic consequences.

http://www.economist.com/news/leaders/21722020-shopping-mall-not-factory-where-american-jobs-are-most-risk-how-prepare Continue Reading →

President Macron’s Problems

The second round of the French Presidential election has run its predictable course and France now has a President Macron in no small part to people voting to keep Marine Le Pen out plus more than the 11 million who voted for her, either abstaining or spoiling their ballot papers. These elections have often in the past delivered a winner by default rather than a President seen as the “man for all of France” and this is really where the problems begin.

Equally of no surprise, along with a huge sigh of relief in Brussels, The Economist penned a ‘joyful article: http://www.economist.com/news/europe/21721808-mr-macron-who-never-previously-stood-election-faces-divided-country-and-heavy Continue Reading →

The French Presidential Elections

The Presidential race did at least produce a ‘surprise’ in that the two candidates through to the second round are both outsiders to the mainstream political parties that have been in power for more than 50 almost 60 years. However between Macron and Le Pen in the second round, it must be certain that Macron will win hands down as the supporters of the other failed candidates rally around him just to keep Marine Le Pen out, it is the French way of doing these things. Continue Reading →

Quo Vadis President Trump ?

It has been an interesting week in terms of International politics and all centred on one man, the President of the United States, Donald Trump. I must be honest and say that to a large extent, I have felt rather cheered by events if only because he is demonstrating an ability to be a bit unpredictable and far more pragmatic compared with Obama and that has unsettled his adversaries.

But what is perhaps more interesting is the signs that Donald Trump is indeed learning on the job and making some positive ‘adjustments’ as he goes which is no bad thing either. Continue Reading →

A Change is Coming

I’m no fan of Donald Trump but to be fair to the roughly 50% of American voters that did bother to cast their ballot, they really didn’t have much of a choice as both candidates were distinctly lacklustre in one way or another. However unlikely it seemed 12 months ago, “The Donald” ended up with the job and has been duly inaugurated.

Clearly we have no idea what kind of President he will be, as I wrote to my Uncle who lives over there: “… either Trump is the thin skinned, egotistical narcissist he appears to be in which case and given “The American Way” of doing things, he won’t last long then it will be “Hail President Pence” or…he might turn out to be a very smart President who really achieves great things, only time will tell.” Continue Reading →

Remainers Having to Face Reality

It was reading an article on the BBC website written by Sean Coughlan in which he discussed “post truth” with “AC Grayling, public thinker, master of the New College of the Humanities, and Remain campaigner, who views the post-truth world with undisguised horror” that prompted me to pen this post. ( http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-38557838 )

Essentially in reading the above it suddenly struck me just what is wrong with the “Remainers” who lost the referendum. It isn’t just that they haven’t accepted the result, it is much more than that, they haven’t even started to grasp the significance of the event in its British context which is surprising as so many of them would consider themselves far better educated than “those clods” who voted to Leave. Continue Reading →

Revising British Politics – OAPs

The New Year’s Honours have been greeted by some, one might say the usual suspects with disdain over the continued use of “Empire” in some awards plus the “buggins turn” whereby senior civil servants get an award just based upon rank and service rather than any attempt at justification by personal merit.

This post does not focus on the Honours System which much like the BBC gets hit as an Aunt Sally from all sides of the political spectrum when people feel disgruntled about something and for whatever reason. This post is focused on what reforms we can make to our political system so that it is seen as more relevant and more responsive to, more people. Continue Reading →