Monthly Archives: February 2017

Our universities are failing us

In today’s (26-Feb-2017) Observer Sonia Sodha (@soniasodha) writes an excellent piece about why UK universities are failing at the undergraduate level. The article makes the point that two thirds of graduates feel that their degree did not represent value for money. Think about it – that is quite an appalling inditement. Several of my posts […]

Groupthink and the Northern Powerhouse

Groupthink is a known theory that manifests itself in both the public and private sectors. The emperor has no clothes is a good example – as is the Northern Powerhouse. The discrepancy in wealth and living standards between the North and South in the UK (and also between the South East and Cornwall, Wales) is […]

Uber and Google to invest in HS2

Well that is the hope according to The Sunday Times (19-Feb-2017). I suspect that getting Uber or Google to invest in HS2 is wishful thinking on HMGs part but┬ácombining rail and local transport is a good idea and one that I have been proposing for some time. I cannot take credit though; the best thinking […]

Northern Powerhouse – What Bradford needs

This essay is one of several on the Northern Powerhouse. It uses Bradford as an illustration but the points below apply equally to many of the post-industrial medium sized towns in the north – Preston, Bolton, Huddersfield, Hull, Sunderland, Stoke etc. The Northern Powerhouse is centred around HS2/3 which are not needed. The recently announced […]