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Bring me a bully

Monday 1st July 2019

I was on a Brexit panel in front of  a bunch of corporate City lawyers . The subject was, pretty predictably, what does Brexit mean for the City. Sitting next to me was Jacob Rees-Mogg, who, whatever your political taste, had details of most of the consequences already laid out, like a careful seamstress with her patterns and cottons and materials. As a City generalist, I  set out my modest stall. Pretty obvious stuff.  I rehearsed the usual views –  that the City has survived and will survive because it is populated by an ingenious tribe who – again, love…

Enough, Ed

Monday 15th April 2019

Who gave Ed Balls the dep duty on Radio 2  on the station’s Elaine Paige  slot yesterday, Sunday 1pm? Was it meant to be a clever sop to some Labour zeitgeist populism ? We all have a laugh at Elaine Page’s laugh – but at least she knows, completely, what she’s talking about. And most, if not all,  of the other Radio 2 presenters who are introducing ‘curated’ musical strands, have a cv and a knowledge which chimes with what they’re saying on air. None of this applied to Ed Balls – he sounded like a geography teacher who had…

Always never neverland

Friday 5th April 2019

  We ran a piece on my JazzFM show, ( https://www.jazzfm.com/on-air/programmes/business-breakfast-with-oanda/) , on the increasing problem of personal debt. One charity last year had over half a million more troubled, indebted souls getting in touch. These were not all low earners, or reckless youths. A significant number were in their early forties and relatively well paid.   According to a two year old survey from  comparethemarket.com the average amount of personal debt was £8000 – and this excludes, of course, mortgages, but also student loans. Six million citizens of the UK believed they’ll never be free of debt and a …

Skilless and clueless..

Wednesday 19th December 2018

On the day we, or at least the soi disant, have been fretting about the skills which we are now about to exclude from the UK, pre whatever Brexit deal is done, let me tell you quick tale. We’re downsizing a bit so the lovely pine pedestal desk had to go. It’s a beauty but space is at a premium..so, onto Gumtree with a carefully crafted pic – nothing. So I contacted the local furniture charity. Great people, arrived on time – and then the driver said, ‘Sorry mate, I’ve got an issue with the desk” “Which is.?” ’No leather…

Macron retreats, France loses

Thursday 13th December 2018

Away, if we may, from our Brexit fixations and to the troubled territory twenty seven miles across the Channel. France was feted as being in the naissance of a golden age, with a new President who would bring about fundamental financial reforms. After a decade of being in breach of EU rules on spending and debt, France would rise and partner Germany as a leader and an  equal in the continuation of the great European project. Now Germany looks on in dismay as Emmanuel Macron has given in to the rioters. His revolution has turned into a capitulation of tax…