Category Serious

Macclesfield Town centre

Reports that Macclesfield has the highest number of empty shops in Cheshire should come as no surprise to the council. It was told 5 years ago that the proposed Wilson Bowden /Debenhams scheme, making Macclesfield a “shopping destination” would fail, as, most probably,  will the resurrected scheme based around a cinema. The likely closure of […]

More lies from Uber?

Uber claims to support 40,000 “jobs”. Let’s examine this. 40,000 jobs generating the minimum wage (£7.50 per hour) – 35 hours per week 52 weeks per year would generate revenues for Uber of £546m p.a. They were estimated to be £115m (see footnote). OK, the above numbers may be out a bit but not by […]

The Northern Powerhouse is Dead

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 […]

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 combining 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 […]

Do not fool yourself

“The first principle is that you must not fool yourself – and you are the easiest person to fool” (Richard Feynman) Several of our northern universites have excellent Computer Science departments; we have lots of aspiring entrepreneurs, workspaces and hubs a plenty and whilst the tech scene is a lot better than it was 20 […]