The global economic crisis that not has not only had a catastrophic impact on small and medium sized businesses, governments and ordinary people – but also large multi-billion pound industries such as Google and Amazon – is continuing to spread. And as governments around the world look to raising as much money as possible, the question has to be asked ‘why are some companies avoiding paying tax?’
The allegations that the co-chair of the Conservative Party Lord Feldman described Conservative Party activists as “mad swivel-eyed loons” is not only grossly offensive but is also going to have an impact on Tory activists campaigning for the Party in the months and possible years to come – already some Tories have switched to UKIP. Feldman apparently made the comments at a private function on 15th May.
The political fireball that is the EU has continued to cause problems for the Prime Minister David Cameron. Cameron who has stated that he would prefer Britain to be a member of the European Union but with renegotiation has the support of a minority of Conservatives and most Labour people. But with the rise of UKIP and the Right in his own party, he has a choice – national vs party interest.
As Sir Alex Ferguson steps down from Manchester United after 26 years and an impressive record behind him, it is perhaps time to award him with another high honour – whether it is higher than leading the greatest team in the world is for you to decide. I have had the privilege of meeting Sir Alex – albeit briefly, but what is also clear other than his passion for football, passion for leading and ‘Fergie time’, is also his great interest in politics and supporting those in need.