28
JUN
2016

Buyer’s remorse

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1 One of the most irritating aspects of the aftermath of the EU referendum is those voters who, having voted to leave, are now choosing to express their ‘buyer’s remorse’ in public “I voted leave to help our economy. However the £ has plummeted and I immediately regret my...
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26
JUN
2016

Why Jeremy Corbyn failed

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1 It would be churlish to complain that Mr Jeremy Corbyn is/was no leader, when no other high profile politician (with a very few exceptions) has been a leader either *.  I like to think that Shirley Williams is one, but I would have to go back to Churchill to think of another...
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24
JUN
2016

What happens next?

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Not necessarily in this order: 1  Gove wins Conservative leadership election and proves wholly incapable of uniting the party.  Conservative party splits into right/far-right group (incorporating UKIP, BNP and the rest) and more centrist group 2  The UK has an early general...
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19
JUN
2016

Too many rotten apples

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1 The assassination of Jo Cox has brought out a number of thoughtful articles on the way that communication in society is becoming ever more hateful as social media permit unpleasant people to hide safely behind fatuous aliases while ‘senior’ politicians resort to ever more...
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03
JUN
2016

It’s vital to have the right attitude in interview

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This question was posted on the Guardian‘s Dear Jeremy (no relation) webpage [*1] I’m going for job after job but feel more and more that I am only being asked to attend interviews to make up the numbers as every time the job appears to go to internal staff. For example,...
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31
MAY
2016

EU referendum—7: How to decide how to vote

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There has been a lot of work in recent years by António Damásio and many others on what states the brain is in when its owner makes a decision (maybe, thinks they are making a decision). Damásio’s finding, and it has been corroborated by empirical studies, particularly of well...
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27
MAY
2016

EU referendum—6: Does the EU manage cross-state situations well?

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Many situation that arise in member countries can be managed by the countries, possible in conjunction with their nearest neighbours.  For example, the foot and mouth disease outbreak that hit the UK in 2001 (and which ultimately cost £8000 million) [*1]. Refugee crisis But there...
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24
MAY
2016

Four misconceptions about applying for a job

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Four very common misconceptions: 1   The purpose of the application is to get the job. No, the purpose of the application is to get an interview. This is not the same thing and, unless the jobs you seek are offered without interview, you have to get through the interview before...
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22
MAY
2016

EU referendum—5: Does the EU manage its finances well?

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The excellent Full Fact website reports [*1] The European Court of Auditors (ECA), an EU body set up to examine the accounts of the Union, signed off on the 2014 accounts as reliable—something it’s done for every set of figures since 2007. But it did find that payments made...
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14
MAY
2016

Ten things Radio 4 should do better

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BBC Radio 4 has a number of issues.  One of them is that it seems it cannot see that it has these issues.  And, while Feedback (Radio 4) is to be praised for getting BBC producers and managers to come onto the programme and defend their work (something which I suspect many of...
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