Democratic free press

In a recent blog I put forward the idea that, in this country, we pride ourselves that we have a free press and that it fulfills the important role of holding governments and other institutions to account. We convince ourselves that our free press is the cornerstone of our political system. In the mother of … Continue reading Democratic free press

Unfolding plans 175 – Lest we forget

There is some irony that on the day we remember the glorious dead of conflicts around the world that there is a conference in Malta to try and stem the flow of migrants into Europe.  On the day that we are to remember those who have fallen defending our way of life, who have been … Continue reading Unfolding plans 175 – Lest we forget

Unfolding plans 154 – Making some noise

I must admit to listening to Classic FM on the way into work and back home again.  I used to listen to the news on Radio 4 and found that I would get wound up by whatever the main story was that day.  The format of generating an argument between two opposing camps wore me … Continue reading Unfolding plans 154 – Making some noise

Unfolding plans 104 – This SOCITM meeting is going to take some beating

That was some coup by Graham.  Getting such illustrious speakers to the latest SOCITM North East meeting made it one of the best ones that I have ever been to.  I am biased though, obviously.  Since taking over as chair we’ve tried to create a theme for each meeting.  The latest was around getting all … Continue reading Unfolding plans 104 – This SOCITM meeting is going to take some beating

Unfolding plans 70 – I was barred

An interesting thing happened to me the other day. I’d like to tell you about it but I was banned or at least barred.  I was in a meeting with Broadband Delivery UK in the HM Treasury building on Horse Guards Road and it was a few days before the election and the cloak of … Continue reading Unfolding plans 70 – I was barred

Unfolding Plans 51 – not the best time for a photo shoot

Perhaps this morning wasn’t the best of times for a photo shoot.  By nine thirty when we had all gathered to have our pictures taken the moon had made its way across the sun.  Our two greatest celestial bodies had combined to turn day back into night.  I know that the eclipse, however partial, had … Continue reading Unfolding Plans 51 – not the best time for a photo shoot

A year of work in progress – day 208

Day 208 – 3 December 2014 It may be winter outside but in my heart it’s spring. There was a sharp frost when I got out to the car this morning. The weather was quite frigorific, as they say. I haven’t fallen this year into the usual mad rush to get everything finished by Christmas … Continue reading A year of work in progress – day 208