Why ‘strong and stable’ is an irritating, yet clever, strategy

Strong and stable sheep
If you have any interest in the current General Election – and are on the left-side of the debate – the relentless repetition of the phrase ‘strong and stable’ by Theresa May won’t have escaped your notice.

And yet the latest research from polling giants YouGov show that only 15% of Brits have so far heard the phrase.

This is not a surprise because the election campaign is still in its early days, and you can guarantee that the phrase will continue to be used at every possible opportunity.

Why? Simply, because that what’s all good strategies involve. Endless repetition. Continue reading

Why ‘Call The Midwife’ is the most culturally and politically significant programme on British TV

Call The Midwife started as a quaint, conventional story of a post-WW2 midwifery practice in East London, based on the memoirs of a real-life midwife – Jennifer Worth – and quickly became a Sunday-night ratings success for the BBC.

Now into its sixth series, the setting may not have changed and the tales of expectant mothers in poverty still abound, but the tone and import of the show has grown and grown. Continue reading

Failure to take responsibility is the worst thing a boss can do

It probably won’t be a surprise to find I don’t particularly warm to Paul Nuttall and UKIP.

I don’t agree with their politics, so have very little time for them. However, recent news has made me have even less respect for the UKIP leader than ever.

I’m not talking about his pretence that he had close friends who apparently died at Hillsborough, which is pretty indefensible anyway.
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