Era’s End

I have known David Cameron for over fifteen years. He saved his party in 2005 after three thumping defeats and made them electable. His forethought and quickness in decision making during three critical days following the 2010 election enabled him to become Prime Minister of an unlikely coalition with the...

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Parliament Squared: Chaos Reigns

Parliament Squared: Chaos Reigns

The hot topics have continued to be the London Mayoral election, the EU referendum, David Cameron’s pending reshuffle of his Cabinet and the US Presidential elections. Of the four, only London has been resolved with Sadiq Khan easing out Zac Goldsmith in what was an increasingly bitter and below the...

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The Long Lingering Weekend

New York The long weekend (4 nights/5 days) has never been more affordable. And though you might think New York a long shot think again. The arrival of Air Norway and Airbnb makes it possible to fly and rent for less than £500. I did the Big Apple in February...

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Digital for Londoners

  Towards the end of November, I was late to a meeting of FISP at the Army and Navy Club in Pall Mall. I had been an invited member, or ‘guru’ as we were known by, by this august group of technologists with over 500 years of industry wide experience...

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Boris and the EU

The whole EU referendum will make or break dear old Boris; who lives for the day when he will be Prime Minister. But in between his photogenic travels abroad, his writing (Churchill in 2014, Shakespeare later this year), and his weekly columns in the Daily Telegraph, it is clear he...

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Madeira

My Sunday school teacher was called Miss Penelope Isle. She used to take her holidays in Madeira. We thought that very posh. We did not know where it was but it sounded exotic. We were rather a naughty lot and when she returned we used to come into class with...

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Rugby World Cup 2015 by Derek Wyatt

The Rugby World Cup starts on 18th September 2015 with an opening ceremony at Twickenham followed by England v Fiji. It will end – again at HQ – with the final on 31st October. You may not follow rugby union but it will be hard to avoid it over the...

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Venice Today

Venice has always been a disaster away from a disaster. This classiest of cities consists of about 120 or so small islands interconnected backwards and forwards by endless canals and the odd bridge. I doubt if you had proposed it today it would have attracted much inward investment. Its entire...

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Election 2015: Derek Wyatt looks at the results

It was the soap suds election. The Tories promised to wash their policies in blue rinse Persil whilst Labour preferred razzle-dazzle iDaz. One day Cameron conjured up an extra £8 billion for the NHS with a sleight of the hand whilst, on another, Miliband gave us a giant size tablet...

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Ebola: The Ugly Virus

I took a call early one Saturday morning in late November to ask if I would consider going to Cairo to attend an Ebola conference. I could hardly spell the word Ebola and had not been that focused on the dreadful events in west Africa especially in Sierra Leone. I...

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