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The Trouble with Boris

When he was the Mayor of London, I predicted that Boris Johnson would be Prime Minister one day. Indeed, I thought there was a realistic chance that he could be David Cameron’s successor. Now, in the days of Donald Trump,…
callum
5th April 2018
Just Jim

If Only…

If only Jeremy Corbyn hadn’t been elected leader of the Labour Party. If only people had voted to remain. If only Donald Trump hadn’t been chosen as President of the United States. Amid the quite legitimate concerns about Corbyn’s sluggish…
callum
29th March 2018
BlogsTotally Frank

Is a Labour split inevitable?

I have never known a more incompetent or directionless government as the one which is leading the country at present. Sadly, I have never known a less effective, disunited official opposition either. Theresa May presides over a Conservative Party boasting…
callum
29th March 2018
Just Jim

Is business settling for Brexit?

THE EXIT DOOR LOOMS. For me Christmas was the turning point for those of us hoping to stop Brexit. When the European Commission pretended sufficient progress had been made to move on to the next stage, I concluded they wanted…
callum
21st March 2018
Just Jim

Tories for ever?

Corbyn and Cable falter The decade that’s nearing its end has been one of the most exciting in British politics. The demise of New Labour, followed by the first coalition government since the war, then the short-lived Tory government and…
callum
15th March 2018
BlogsTotally Frank

Let’s hear it for the Girls

Today Downtown Liverpool in Business will host one of my favourite events of the year, the annual Women in Business Awards. Yesterday, of course, it was International Women’s Day, so it is great that we can celebrate the best female…
callum
8th March 2018
Just Jim

Devolution frustrations

The city regions Whether it’s the power to direct the skills agenda that would best benefit northern business or yet another report recommending northern rail between Manchester and Leeds (HS3), there a feeling abroad that devolution is a half-hearted business…
callum
8th March 2018
BlogsTotally Frank

Homelessness is not just about shelter

As Liverpool prepared to host the European Capital of Culture in 2008, Phil Redmond famously commented that fall-outs between top executives involved in delivering the event were typical of the city – “It’s a bit like a Scouse wedding” he…
callum
1st March 2018