Random Musings

A blog about sustainability, society, and whatever else springs to mind

Welcome to the next financial crisis

Posted on September 5th, 2014

Until structural reform of the banking system starts being taken seriously, we should brace ourselves for the next financial crisis, and the one after that, and the one…… This article first appeared in The Huffington Post In a recent speech Angela Merkel stated that “the danger of another financial crisis is already pre-scripted.” She is […] ...Read more »

La Roja – Lessons for Leadership

Posted on July 9th, 2014

This article first appeared in Het Financieele Dagblad and in The Huffington Post The performance of the Spanish national football team over the six years up to their ignominious exit from the 2014 world cup holds important lessons for how to build and when to dismantle a winning team. Four years ago my Spanish partner […] ...Read more »

Enough of the politics of Punch and Judy

Posted on July 5th, 2014

This article was first published in The Huffington Post The current UK coalition government has worked remarkably well. Everyone I speak to who is not personally embedded in the political process seems to agree. Yet there are calls from parts of the grass roots of both governing parties to abandon the coalition. Why? And are […] ...Read more »

Why Juncker is the wrong choice for the EC presidency

Posted on June 14th, 2014

  Mr Juncker is doubtless an honourable man. That does not make him the right choice for the EC presidency in 2014. Europe needs faces and personalities that can inspire its future not simply extend its past. This article was first published in The Huffington Post and in Het Financieele Dagblad. Earthquakes are rarely predicted. […] ...Read more »

Is business responsible for income inequality?

Posted on May 25th, 2014

What can business do to decrease the ever widening gap in wealth and incomes? A discussion with John Cridland, director-general of the Confederation of British Industry. This article first appeared in the Huffington Post. “Politicians should not set wages” Katja Hall deputy director-general of the CBI employers’ group was recently¬†quoted¬†as saying in response to the […] ...Read more »

Clearly identify and tackle weaknesses to restore confidence in the EU

Posted on May 7th, 2014

We face existential choices if we are to avoid further shriveling of support for the EU. Weaknesses must be clearly identified and tackled. [This article first appeared in Het Financieele Dagblad] In May, we all have the opportunity to go to the polls to cast our vote in the elections for the European Parliament. Yet […] ...Read more »