The Sunday Times and Croissants : Weekly insights and updates 21st October.

The Sunday Times and Croissants 21st October 2012

There is something special about Sunday morning, the Sunday Times, hot croissants with honey and butter, excellent.
Headlines – Tory Alarm over No 10 meltdown – Chaos in High Command
David Cameron is facing calls from MPs to stem the “omni” shambles engulfing the Conservative Party. Too many teenage toffs – employed as aides have no knowledge of business or executive control leading to a series of policy misfires – the complaint.

Procrastination over the Andrew Mitchell dispatch was over shadowed by the Prime Minister’s announcement of a new “lowest tariff” energy policy – befuddling cabinet colleagues and the energy minister in the process. What ever happened to cabinet responsibility? There appear to be three speeds to policy formulation, the Soviet Five year plan, policy on the hoof and The Bullingdon Boys soundbites [with alliteration of course].

The Tories need a thug to take a tighter grip writes Martin Ivens this week. Quite right. Number Ten needs an Alistair Campbell – Malcolm Tucker to control the information flow. Good news on employment this week – Britain surges ahead of the United States in job creation – was over shadowed by the Chancellor riding in a first class carriage from Wilmslow with a pleb’s ticket. This is no way to plan a journey to the polling booths.

Economics news this week, what a difference a week makes. Last week the Chancellor warned, the triple threat looms and it’s sink or swim for us all. This week brought better news with inflation, retail sales, jobs and even the borrowing figures suggesting the outlook is improving.

David Smith, suggests with a fair wind, lasting recovery starts here. [Is it the end of boom and bust?]. Yes, excitement builds over the GDP figures to be announced this week. For more economics check out the Saturday Economist.

Back to the day job, Monday, team meetings in the morning, the early morning review and a chance to look at the Business Conference agenda and budgets.

Tuesday, Envestors presentation in the morning, the excellent Tom Wilkins in the chair. This, followed by a meeting with Keith Johnston (Addleshaws). Keith is the Financial and Professional Services sector representative on the GM LEP.

In the evening, nice MPEG dinner hosted by Jonathan Boyers and KPMG. Thanks to all who attended.

Wednesday, David Hughes from Pozzoni is in the office. We discuss the work of our Health Care Group and the challenge of NHS policy budgets given a rapidly aging population. David is an expert on housing policy (for the elderly) and has co-authored a book on the subject. Norcs are added to my vocabulary. [Naturally occurring retirement communities.] A great example of the progressive new homes strategy is in Platt Bridge, Wigan.

Thursday, Board Meeting at Cobbetts with Paul Johnson in the chair. Good session. The board agree to commission the research requested by the LEP on challenges facing the Financial and Professional Services Sector.

Later Fran Eccles-Bech, executive director of Manchester Law Society is in the office, we compare notes and share intrigues. Excellent.

In the evening, Duff and Phelps reception with head of New York office, Jake Silverman. We are out on the balcony at the Restaurant Bar and Grill. Nice evening – canapes under canopy the theme.

Friday, decide to work at home, draft the proposal for the research project and other things. The outline of the research has now been circulated and the call for evidence will begin at the end of next week, subject to feedback in the interim. If you have a view on “The Challenges facing growth in the Financial and Professional Services Sector” check out the briefing paper and share your views.

Saturday, working in the morning, the day starts as usual with tea, the FT, and the Economist app. The Economist leads with “The Tories’ barmiest policy”. It must have been a tough choice but the call was immigration. How immigration is crippling business, the economy and higher education”. A symptom of the chaos in high command.

In the afternoon, Tennis it is a 5-7 setback, some consider this to be tennis as usual, I could not possibly comment.

Hope all is well, more news next week, Baffled by Social Media Check out the Social Media Experts Site, it is the Hogwarts of Social Media.

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