Monthly Archives: August 2011

Why do schools (and Parliament) have such long holidays?

Last week, I was invited by Paul McEntee, Associate Director at JCPR Edelman, to contribute to a podcast on ‘the silly season‘. Edelman use these podcasts to discuss issues of the day and place them on their website to broadcast to clients and staff.

My co-panellists were Jim Grice, who runs the Press Association video operation and John McEntee, Editor of Richard Kay column for the Daily Mail.

For me, I must admit the silly season has not been a subject I had given a great deal of thought to or, frankly, have felt I have had to consider much in my career. Read more on Why do schools (and Parliament) have such long holidays?…

What politicians could learn from rugby (and the Marines)

Next week, Martin Johnson, the manager of the England rugby team, has to cut his current squad of 40 players down to the final 30 who will travel to New Zealand for the forthcoming World Cup.

A few years ago, I attended a lunch at which Sir Clive Woodward was guest speaker. He was the England manager for the World Cups of 1999 and 2003 and was faced with the same decision then as Johnson faces next week.

Sir Clive spoke very eloquently on the subject of leadership, teamwork and human behaviour. Read more on What politicians could learn from rugby (and the Marines)…

‘Social chaos’ foreseen in October 2010

In my post dated 29 October 2010, ‘The Conservatives may be doing the right thing but in the wrong way’, I predicted that Government policies would lead to ‘social chaos’ in this country (third last paragraph).

At the time, I thought long and hard about writing this because it was a brave call. There hadn’t been rioting on the streets of London for several years. Read more on ‘Social chaos’ foreseen in October 2010…

The spontaneity of Twitter

In my post of 23 May, I wrote ‘Does Twitter set the news agenda or does the news agenda follow Twitter?’. This question is even more apposite today.

As I have discovered myself as @TheSalmonAgency, Twitter crosses the absolute extremes from the most serious to the extremely silly. This is what makes Twitter both important and fun.

This week, right across the media, in all the newspapers, on TV and the radio has been the story of Charlie Gilmour whose mum, novelist Polly Samson ‘has taken to Twitter to reveal details of her son’s incarceration’. I have some sympathy with her position, about which she feels very strongly and to which she has given much thought (and feeling). Read more on The spontaneity of Twitter…