This article was written in response to David Allen Green who, is surely one of the most interesting commentators on Brexit, certainly a lot better than those employed by the Daily Express. Labour will (eventually) oppose Brexit for the three very good reasons that (1) it only supported it in the first place due to […]

I was asked to read this report by IPPR. Apart from the title, which is now rather broken, it is worth a considered read. The north is broken – anyone who lives here knows that it is a great place but it has problems. The IPPR report itself has two problems 1     It […]

Is what most people want. It is why the car is so popular (and bicycle). The convenience, the end-to-end journey time and comfort are other factors. Many households have multiple cars (we reached 5). But suppose that instead of owning a car you had a car available on demand? You sometimes do, it is called […]

Good – now let’s start again. It was ill-conceived at the start and yesterday (9-Jul) The Sunday Times confirmed that the Northern Powerhouse is dead. We need to go back to first principles and get it right second-time around. George Osborne promoted it as a way to get the north behind HS2. HS2 is fundamentally […]

Although largely separate – the fact that the two are happening in parallel will add a huge burden to many IT departments. Will they be able to cope? Both are today (21-Jun-2017) largely unknown. We don’t know what shape Brexit will take – will we remain in the single market and if not, what will […]

Really, really wrong and I enjoyed reading the Sunday papers today seeing how journalists tried to show that actually, they hadn’t. Few said “mea culpa.” Journalists are mostly paid for their opinions and analysis. News we can get from Twitter – journalists are supposed to add insight. It is accepted that most will have an agenda […]

TechNorth believes there is a shortage of IT skills in the north of England. Companies may have problems in some very specific areas and there are various reasons for this, but any company that is unable to fill the majority of its requirements for technical talent has only itself to blame. I have built large […]