Blogs from Downtown in Business

Powerhouse needs local leadership

George Osborne was in New York this week apparently. However, his ghost haunted the UK Northern Powerhouse (NP) conference with some suggesting that without him as Chancellor the NP project was doomed. Well the formidable Lord Kerslake had the answer to that as he challenged business and local politicians to step forward to head up […]

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Trump in Brum?

Donald Trump secured the US Elections, in a process not unlike a plus plus plus series of The Apprentice USA. Presidency affords the political rookie; planet ending nuclear codes, direct phone numbers to verbally abuse every leader in the world and the secret recipe for KFC. Of the three, I wouldn’t even trust him with […]

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Time for a new political party?

I have long argued that it is only a matter of time before the Labour Party comes to its senses, ditches Jeremy Corbyn, and more importantly the politics he represents; and puts someone in charge who will re-connect with enough of the electorate to make it look like they at least have a chance of […]

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Could Labour hold on in by elections?

Labour coping With the NHS at breaking point, our prisons in meltdown and the government’s plan to solve the housing crisis widely criticised, the Tories don’t deserve any success in next week’s by elections. The fact that the seats of Copeland and Stoke Central are in play is due to the literally incredible Labour leader […]

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So, who is speaking up for the 48 per cent?

I’m not quite sure what has happened to politics and political debate over the past year or so. Even accepting that Brexit and Trump can be explained away with the notion that many of the electorate in the UK and the US feel alienated from mainstream politicians, this does not offer a reason as to […]

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