I have been maddened by the debate over grammar schools in the last few days. So far we are hearing a lot of words and few clear details. There is talk of “inclusive selection” (a logical absurdity) and quotas for the poor (however they may be defined). There are attempts to reassure people that there… Continue reading The grammar school debate
The human brain seems to like to make sense of things through simple categorisation. In politics, the categories are usually on a spectrum from right to left. But what do these terms really mean and is there another way to look at it? One way is to ask whether an ideology is authoritarian or libertarian… Continue reading A new third way in politics?
Like most people, I have been engrossed in the unfolding spectacle of the Olympic Games. The Great Britain team is breaking all records and, as I write, second only to the USA in the medal table. But those numbers, great as they are, conceal rather than reveal the incredible stories of the young people who… Continue reading The Olympics: 6 lessons for leaders
Early in my career in international development, I noticed that very many of the people suffering the greatest poverty, exclusion and deprivation were living in one of three environments: on the margins of the deserts, especially in the Sahel region of Africa, home to some of the world’s poorest countries (three of the top four… Continue reading The Three Margins
In this week’s blog, I am drawing on my experience of more than 30 years as a CEO leading organisations with a mission to improve the world. There are no simple recipes for successful leadership and it is good that individual leaders find their own way. But people often ask me for my own thoughts… Continue reading Top 20 Leadership Tips
No-one much likes paying taxes but, like death, it is said, they are inevitable. There has been a lot of debate recently about corporation tax rates, and avoidance, and about tax havens. This was highlighted by the leak of the ‘Panama Papers’ that showed how some of the world’s leaders and many of the world’s… Continue reading Tax is good!
The ‘refugee crisis’ these days is most often spoken about as a European issue but is in fact a global tragedy for many millions of families in every region of the world. But what is a refugee? What’s the difference between a migrant, an asylum seeker, an IDP (Internally Displaced Person) and a refugee? What… Continue reading A better world for refugees?
We are certainly living through momentous times in our politics. We now have a new Prime Minister and Cabinet, who will face many challenges. I’m sure Theresa May has been bombarded with advice and questions, but that is no reason for me not to add my own. So here is my open letter to our… Continue reading “Dear Mrs May”
Having spent a long and fulfilling career in charitable organisations, it won’t be a surprise to anyone that I believe in the fundamentally vital role that voluntary organisations (the so-called “Third Sector”) play in our national (and international) life. Charities will be needed now more than ever, as the UK faces Brexit-related uncertainty, upheaval, division… Continue reading Time to support our charities!