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Hats off to the Chancellor for the Furlough scheme. It is well intentioned. It has, and will, alleviate much suffering.

The problem is that it is severely regressive. And because it is regressive — far from contributing to the claimed government policy of levelling up — it intensifies inequality.

80% support up to £2500 of salary sounds generous, and is generous. …


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In today’s fast-moving and uncertain world we all need resilience, but also agility.

My book on the subject published recently, is meant not just for business, but life in general. It argues to achieve effective agility you need to future proof yourself, and be grounded in timeless principles. Specifically, the principles of Honesty, Fairness, Kindness and Compassion. Otherwise you are like a politician, reconstructing the truth day by day — even hour by hour — to constantly justifying their actions.

The relevance of timeless principles struck me recently when I thought about Marie, who runs our local paper shop. She is struggling financially, because fewer and fewer people are buying newspapers, preferring to get their news online. When she was younger, she had four miscarriages, after which he husband left her with significant debts to go back and live in India. …


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It appears that Guilt Distancing is as important as Personal Distancing in the government’s own coping mechanisms for the current pandemic.

Despite giving the impression of making it up as they go along, they claim the measures they are taking to avoid damage to their fellow citizens — in most cases too late –are both justified and right. They repeatedly confirm their rightness, and bully us by telling us it our civic duty to comply. Even though one of the chief strategists has demonstrably broken the rules himself.

The dishonesty lies in the fact that the actions they themselves had previously taken — or not taken — had left their fellow citizens vulnerable. When other countries were already ravaged by Covid, they remained unprepared for the disaster that was developing globally. There was a gross lack of Personal Protective Equipment for hospitals and care homes. And they had no workable means of testing or tracking the disease for the general population. Let alone, as thousands poured in unchecked through ports and airports. …

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