I am speaking today at a meeting in Parliament of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Corporate Responsibility. The subject is the duties of directors of companies under UK Company Law. It is an opportunity to put right those in business who mistakenly say that … Continue readingGovernment’s role in promoting better capitalism
Under Chris Grayling, the UK privatised its probation service, a move that the Chief Inspector of Probation has condemned as ‘Irredeemably flawed’. Clearing up this mess will cost £467m, and re-offending has significantly increased. Meanwhile Northern Ireland retains its integrated public sector provision. As … Continue readingWhere privatisation doesn’t pay
The UK government plans to spend an extra £20bn on the NHS but how? If it’s just more spending on the same pattern then the same crises will recur; overloaded Accident and Emergency, vulnerable people unable to leave hospital because they have nowhere to go, … Continue readingThe changes that could make a better Britain and save the NHS
I am following the party conference system and trying to identify grown up current or past front bench politicians who seem to have a responsible approach and serious ideas for government. People who strike me as having some practical experience to put behind their words. … Continue readingLet’s back the grown ups!
To most people, capitalism would be a lot better if it allowed entrepreneurs to start businesses and make profits, but steered them towards thinking long term, protecting the planet, and valuing customers and employees and sharing rewards with them. In the USA and the … Continue readingExtractive capitalism is back – unintentionally encouraged by the left
The stewardship role of professional advisors. There are so many vital questions prompted by the joint parliamentary select committee report on Carillion. The role of professional advisors is an important issue. I have had experience of being part of the leadership of an … Continue readingCarillion – the Stewardship Role
UK Governance Reforms – Why Doesn’t Government Start By Taking Its Own Medicine? There are many ironies in the UK government’s review of corporate governance, as a new article on ft.com makes clear. It all started with the Prime Minister’s instincts that people … Continue readingUK Governance Reforms – Why Doesn’t Government Start By Taking Its Own Medicine?