Management & Leadership

Michael Shrimpton – Spyhunter

Here’s a video not many people have watched, or are ever likely to watch. It’s a 40 min speech given by barrister Michael Shrimpton at the Britain on the Brink conference in Winchester on 22 September 2007. What was the Britain on the Brink Conference you might ask? Well, according to the YouTube blurb is … Continue reading Michael Shrimpton – Spyhunter

Income of the 100 richest people could end global poverty 4 times over!

The net income of the richest 100 billionaires would be enough to make extreme poverty history four times over. That’s a pretty extremist statement. A headline from The Morning Star, The Socialist Worker or Marxism Today you might think? Nah. It was from an Oxfam press statement released on 19 January 2014. The Guardian covered … Continue reading Income of the 100 richest people could end global poverty 4 times over!

Brunel, Bhagwan, The Beatles and the collapse of Western Civilization

“I endeavour to understand the current state of railway matters when everyone around seems mad. Stark staring mad. The only sane course is to get out and keep quiet.” Isambard Kingdom Brunel         It’s tragic that the man  who created so much of Britain’s railway infrastructure was driven to a point where he had to … Continue reading Brunel, Bhagwan, The Beatles and the collapse of Western Civilization

BBC replaces inquisitive, creative people with undistinguished managers in suits

The BBC, under the successive regimes of John Birt and Greg Dyke, has largely dispensed with the kind of inquisitive, creative, well-educated people who used to run the show and replaced them with undistinguished looking mangers in suits, not to mention a number of equally dim-looking women. To expect these people suddenly to change their … Continue reading BBC replaces inquisitive, creative people with undistinguished managers in suits

Business leaders are the kind of people you would willingly cross live rails in damp socks to avoid

Apparently, in today’s business environment, it is no longer necessary actually to think, or lead, or have an idea. All that is needed is for someone to say repeatedly that they are a thinker, or a leader, or an ideas person, and then heroically fail to understand any aspect of a traditional causal link, in … Continue reading Business leaders are the kind of people you would willingly cross live rails in damp socks to avoid

Public services run by targets will either seize up or explode

“Although New Labour may have come to power talking of ‘joined-up government’, in practice it has approached policy from the exactly opposite point of view – breaking a problem down into its component parts and then attempting to solve them in a linear fashion. [] “As author Jake Chapman, a well known systems thinker, points … Continue reading Public services run by targets will either seize up or explode

BBC copied ‘That’s Life’ format and gave it to a senior executive’s girlfriend

Bernard Braden died 9 years ago having never fully recovered from the injustice that overshadowed his career, when the BBC dropped his programme, Braden’s Week, and replaced it with a copy: That’s Life. The fact that it was presented by the then unknown Esther Rantzen, who had been Braden’s junior researcher, and was later discovered … Continue reading BBC copied ‘That’s Life’ format and gave it to a senior executive’s girlfriend

Top jobs have become more Oxbridge dominated under New Labour

Tony Blair’s pledge to destroy the establishment that controls large swathes of British life has been shattered by research showing that the country’s ‘cultural gatekeepers’ are still older, white men, most often educated at either Oxford or Cambridge. If anything, appointments under New Labour have become more male and Oxbridge-dominated” said Damian Tambini, author of … Continue reading Top jobs have become more Oxbridge dominated under New Labour