Author Archives: Mark Blackburn

Opinion: It ain’t what you do, it’s the way that you do it

Only four days after the cataclysm, already there’s a rosy (garden?) hue about our ignominious performance – martyrs to the cause of the Coalition, country before self-interest, fallen heroes. History will be kinder to us than the electorate. If we are ever going to recover from our nemesis, this is a very dangerous mindset.

Of course it was always going to be tough being in Coalition with the Conservatives, and a price was always going to be paid. But as Lord Steel said right after Nick Clegg’s moving farewell speech, it wasn’t the Coalition itself that destroyed trust in us and …

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Jessops – is administration a euphemism for obliteration?

Sadly, yesterday another retailer went into administration, this time Jessops, the high street camera chain. For the time being it continues to trade but the jobs of its 2000 employees in 200 stores are under threat. Surprisingly, Christmas can be a bad time for retailers – rents are due on Christmas Day and if the expected bumper sales don’t materialise, the money may not be there to pay them.

Obviously it’s not going to get any easier for ‘bricks and mortar’ store chains with the continuing increase in online sales, but there’s a more fundamental problem – apart from the massive …

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  • User Avatarjean Evans, 4th Aug - 10:39am
    I very much enjoyed reading this, Mark. Generosity of spirit is something I have been brought up to admire and emulate. I agree with everything...
  • User AvatarMatthew Huntbach 4th Aug - 10:39am
    Sara Scarlett Without PR by STV (not a referendum but the real thing), an elected HoL or some real change to this party’s ghastly structure...
  • User Avatarjedibeeftrix 4th Aug - 10:37am
    @ MikeB - "The EU is far more democratic than the UK. UKIP have 20 MPs vs just one MP. The Council of ministers is...
  • User Avatarjedibeeftrix 4th Aug - 10:36am
    @ MikeB - "Our campaign should not simply be for a “Yes” vote but for a similar change in policy and mindset by the British...
  • User AvatarMatthew Huntbach 4th Aug - 10:21am
    TCO I was asking if the activists were representative of the members, not of the populace in general. We won’t know this until we get...
  • User AvatarRichard Underhill 4th Aug - 10:19am
    A solution. Finance the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees to process applicants, if the French government agrees. Take in a number of recognised refugees...