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 Avatarpeter tyzack 29th May - 11:08am
    to quote the Tory argument 'what can be more fair than the one that gets the most votes wins'? well we are not in an...
  • User AvatarGwynfor Tyley 29th May - 11:00am
    An addendum: Strange as it might sound, we should take courage from the rise of UKIP. They have demonstrated that you do not need MPs...
  • User AvatarGwynfor Tyley 29th May - 10:55am
    Great article and great suggestion from Michael Kilpatrick. We do not need to accept the conventions and we should fight what we believe is right....
  • User AvatarMavarine Du-Marie 29th May - 10:45am
    I didn't know any of them (past or present) until they became leaders of their parties. So I don't think that should be the bases...
  • User AvatarTCO 29th May - 10:42am
    @Alun Williams do we? @malc - not just decent but prepared to put his head above the parapet too.
  • User AvatarMatthew Huntbach 29th May - 10:41am
    Me nice greed environment Hmm, Freudian slip maybe, but I meant "green".
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