Thursday, May 22, 2008
Classics in City Hall
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Dirty tricks and petty politics
Mr Brown recalled that, in his first election, he was followed by a kilt-wearing piper whose purpose was to remind voters he was Scottish.
Monday, May 19, 2008
Thursday, May 15, 2008
Straws in the wind
Things must be bad
In August 1969, Wilson's personal rating fell to 26 per cent, about as bad as it got before the days of internet polling. But, somehow, he recovered. Like now, the public mood was extremely volatile. It is generally thought that both careful handling of the Northern Ireland situation and the gradual recovery of the economy following the 1967 devaluation contributed to a rise in Wilson's popularity. By October 1969 his personal rating hit 43 per cent, ahead of his rival Edward Heath.
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
Seeking help in high places
Patron Saint of Lost Causes and The Impossible
1381, Roccaporena, Perugia, Umbria, Italy
May 22, 1457, Cascia, Perugia, Umbria, Italy
1627 by Pope Urban VIII
1900 by Pope Leo XIII
forehead wound, rose, bees
sickness, wounds, marital problems, lost and impossible causes, abuse, mothers
Monday, May 12, 2008
A very Eden
- He is a manic obsessive with a deep seated need to command all the detail before he can be comfortable 'signing off' on something. Some of the chaps who work for me are the same - and it is a real career limitor. You cannot do even a mid-level role these days without being able to delegate, let alone be PM
- He really needs a break, but as well as being emotionnally unable to let go, the press would crucify him if he shot off for a break (shades of crisis, what crisis)
- He really dare not go anywhere or delegate because his team are rubbish - look at his team. QED
- He dare not go any where as he faces the trader's challenge: in the city traders in trouble dare not take holiday lest the person minding the shop notices how godawful their positions really are or because they are hyper aware of massive flaws in their strategy that they have to be on hand to unwind... so they work on getting more and more exhausted...
So no break, no let up, no improvement on the cards, no sleep, no time to weigh up the challenges, no escape from the neverending decisions, no chance to catch breath, no support, no fun, no escape, no time, no point...
People talk about 'resigning on the grounds of ill health' as an excuse... what if it is less an excuse and more of a collapse.
More to the point - what are the steps one takes to cart off a barmy PM?