Never mind the scoffers and cynics. This election is a moment to celebrate our democracy

  • 22 Apr 2015

Across the United Kingdom, nearly 4,000 candidates are standing for election to the House of Commons in the 650 constituencies that cover every corner of the country. Amidst all the weariness and cynicism about politicians and politics this is a remarkable moment in the life o...

The Royal Navy is Britain’s most effective means of promoting and defending itself

  • 23 Mar 2015

“Without a supreme Navy, whatever military arrangements we may make, must be utterly vain and futile.” – Winston Churchill. The Royal Navy is the most sophisticated, highly trained and flexible part of the British Armed Forces. Every day, it is on active operations at h...

The Floating Bridge

  • 9 Feb 2015

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A time of the year to remember those who work during it

  • 28 Dec 2014

As many of us are enjoying a break over Christmas and the New Year there are some whose thoughts are focused elsewhere. These are groups of people who work on through the holiday period providing the services we take for granted. At this time of year, it is worth pausing for a...

What I learned from David Cameron about interviews. And what he could contribute to volunteering.

  • 15 Dec 2014

Some years ago, I was interviewed by David Cameron for a job. He was Director of Communications at Carlton Television and I had applied for a role in his team. The appointment was for 7.30 am. Appropriately nervous and hopeful, I turned up early, shoes polished, new crisp whit...

Yarmouth Castle

  • 1 Dec 2014

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What next after Rochester and Strood

  • 21 Nov 2014

So we finally have the result: UKIP has won the Rochester and Strood by-election. The party now has two members of the House of Commons. Extraordinary. A real achievement. Well done them. They are on a roll. An unstoppable force in politics. Real slap in the face for the statu...

UK Business is going to have to learn to live with political uncertainty. It is well placed to do so.

  • 6 Oct 2014

Business craves certainty and stability. Over the years I have worked with business to promote investment, growth and entrepreneurship those two words in connection with the political and regulatory framework are the ones I have heard most often. Time and again politicians and...

Special Synod 2014 - An insight

  • 5 Oct 2014

Earlier this year I was lucky enough to spend some time in Rome at the Anglican Centre. While we were there my group was fortunate to meet with two of the key figures involved with the current Special Synod of Bishops on the Family, Cardinal Baldisseri, and Father Federico Lom...

We’ve always been the pro-business party. Let’s start acting like it

  • 19 Sep 2014

“We must shine a bright light into the dark corners of capitalism.” The words of Michael Foot in Labour’s ill-fated 1983 manifesto? Perhaps another opportunist opposition leader looking to curry electoral favour? Far from it. These are words that fell from the lips of the Gove...