Monthly Archives: July 2014

And the bland played on…

 “Someone you’ve never heard of is being replaced by someone you’ve never heard of either.” That was how comedian Rory Bremner described last week’s cabinet reshuffle. His comments underline the widely held feeling that the present day crop of politicians are a pretty dull and anonymous bunch. I think that part of the problem is […]

Volunteering can be Rewarding

 Yesterday afternoon I delivered a master class on Planning a Communications Campaign at Sefton Council for Voluntary Service. The people attending represented a variety of small local voluntary organisations delivering vital services to wide range of people. The voluntary sector is playing an increasingly important role in caring for some of the most vulnerable people […]

Police & Crime Commissioners Need to Explain Themselves

The last few weeks have not been good for England’s Police and Crime Commissioners. For starters we had the Channel Four documentary Meet the Police Commissioner which shone the spotlight on Kent PCC Ann Barnes. This was car crash TV par excellence as the hapless Mrs Barnes struggled to explain her role while sitting in […]

Coffee with George

I had my morning coffee with George Osborne yesterday. Actually I was one of around 150 people who heard the Chancellor addressing the Liverpool SME Summit as part of the International Festival for Business. Osborne gave the sort of bland speech which I suspect he has given dozens of times to similar audiences. However I […]