Accountability & Brexit

2 different but significant points about accountability and the general debate on Brexit. FIRSTLY The existing UK Government is far from accountable on many things. Take Immigration as a major example. When the last changes were made, introducing the Tier-based system for non-EU immigrants, the primary legislation essentially made three key demands. a) That the […]

Morality? What Morality?

How would you have coached the people involved? A true tale of a global financial services organisation that offers wealth management facilities to private investors. In so doing they charge fees to deal with the paperwork and accounting associated with running a portfolio. Imagine then the scenario where, following a withdrawal instruction, they pay out […]

Why is leadership seemingly so unintelligent?

I muse upon this in the aftermath of the recent election and installation of Pope Francis I.  Now what, I hear you ask, has this got to do with Leadership and Management or Intelligence?  Why is Leadership seemingly so unintelligent? Consider the following: We know (as modern science has explained) the origins of the universe […]

How Select should criticisms of banking culture be?

It appears that everyone is running around shouting about the latest financial services scandals (Libor/Euribor, Interest Rate Swaps).  Heads are being demanded on the proverbial platters but that seems to me to miss the underlying issue.   Questioning Bob Diamond (late CEO of Barclays) in front of the Treasury Select Committee, Mark Garnier MP [Conservative, […]

Is the world waking up to shareholder power?

As readers will know – I’ve been recommending for years that shareholders should be given a statutory role to get more involved in companies’ activities. Prime Minister David Cameron and Business Secretary Vince Cable are now talking about making it a legal requirement for shareholders to have mandatory oversight on directors’ pay. However the time […]

Thanks, Sir David …

Yesterday I was among the audience listening intently to Sir David Attenborough as he gave a lecture entitled People and Planet. The thrust of much of his argument is that we need to deal with the taboos surrounding the issue of ever-expanding population growth and the impact on planet earth. Given that the lecture was […]