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Blame it on TV

We are living in confusing times; Trump, Brexit, the rise of the far-right in Europe and there must be a reason for it.…

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What makes a good leader? Part 3

Change is hard for politicians. But what makes political leadership so precarious is that it is relatively easy for voters. If we get…

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What makes a good leader? Part 2

It helps to arrive in office knowing who you are. Obama, always poised and self-contained, knew his own worth full well. Yet he…

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What makes a good leader? Part 1

What are the traits that a good leader requires? Stamina, intelligence, ego: which characteristics make for the best bosses? Some say a second-class mind makes for a first-class leader, others that madness is an essential feature of the role. From Trump and Obama, to Blair and Boris Johnson, which personalities are born to rule? There is a story that often gets told about modern presidents and prime ministers, and sometimes gets told by them as well. The politician spends half a lifetime working tirelessly towards the top job, with the goal of making a real difference once he or she gets there. They issue their instructions. Dutiful officials nod along encouragingly. But nothing really changes. Once the door to the Oval Office or No 10 closes behind them, and they settle their feet under the desk, the new president or prime minister finds out that it’s just another room and just another desk. It feels as if true power is still somewhere out of reach.…

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You cannot be serious

The chancellor, Sajid Javid, is said to be drawing up plans for millions of 50p Brexit coins to be minted in time for…

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Obesity

When I saw the photograph I could scarcely believe it was the same country. A picture of Brighton beach in 1976, featured in…

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Working at home

Emma Gannon is the author of a book on flexible/home workers. She says: “There’s a stereotype that flexible workers sit at home all…

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How to work

Co-working, co-working, co-working; it’s taking over our cities’ workspaces. There is a  co-working space provider, called WeWork, which is the biggest occupier of…

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Equality

Right. I am going to talk and walk you through an article I read in a recent issue of the Guardian. The writer,…

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How to win an argument

“I am quite sure now that often, very often, in matters of religion and politics a man’s reasoning powers are not above the…

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